Christine Heller has introduced portraits into her work, connecting personal experience to the human condition with themes of loss, suffering and vulnerability. In the last year, she has made drawings of NY State Suffragists to celebrate the 2017 centennial of the Women’s Right to Vote in NY State. The suffragists achieved the vote for women after 70 years of determination, courage, and perseverance.
Her show of suffrage drawings, “Truth is the Only Safe Ground to Stand Upon” was shown in 2017 at the Arkell Museum, Canajoharie, NY, The History Center in Tompkins County, Ithaca, NY and the original lithographic prints of NY State suffragists were shown at the Kubiak Gallery, CANO, Oneonta, NY.
Heller’s early interest in dance led to a focus, for many years, on the figure – figure as alter ego, guide and source of energy. Her figurative work has sustained her through her early years as an installation artist to her latest mural work.