Heidi Elbers gets close to her subject. Her work is both intimate and open with subjects often staring back at the viewer.It is both representational and intuitively abstract. Just what is the subject thinking?
She writes: My work addresses the balance between grace and awkwardness, strength and vulnerability, deception and honesty. Growing up in New Orleans, I developed a strong nostalgia for extravagant costumes and a culture that puts emphasis on physical beauty. As my sweet southern grandma would say, “You can't possibly feel bad when you look so pretty.” After an accident in 2011, I had a difficult time embracing reality and truth in my work. I transformed or concealed ailments and imperfections into something beautiful. The decorative outfits define the girls in my works and cover up any `flaws’ both physical and implied.