Sally Heller’s indoor installations which have been showcased throughout the U.S. and have appeared as window displays at Bergdorf Goodman. Heller’s work is made from common materials and recycled elements and seeks to make ordinary materials interesting. She began her career with painting, but prefers the unlimited boundaries of installation work.
Heller recieved one of the nineteen Art in Public Places commissions by the Arts Council of New Orleans and the Joan Mitchell Foundation to complete Scrap House. “Like so many remnants of cultural debris left dangling from branches brought after Katrina, Scrap House is a monument to nature’s unpredictable powers,” Artist Sally Heller said. “Scrap House” was recognized by Art in America and provided new challenges for the artist. A self described “materials experimenter” Heller submitted the proposal for “Scrap House” without any prior experience in welding and steel, recruiting artist Travis Linde to help with fabrication.
“I researched different materials and discovered these 55-gallon industrial size fruit juice containers that proved a perfect material for the bark because they added such great color to the piece,” Heller said. “I take pride in being resourceful and making unexpected materials art.” This artistic approach is one that has been growing recently in New Orleans.
“Scrap House speaks to the resiliency and strength of our local creative community,” Arts Council of New Orleans Interim President and CEO Mary Len Costa said. “It demonstrates the collaborative and resourceful spirit of our local artists, which has helped our creative community flourish after Hurricane Katrina.”
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