“A new and more possible meeting” (for Audre Lorde)

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Hand woven on digital TC-2 loom with mohair, cotton, and curling ribbon


42" x 56"


Heather MacKenzie is an artist and educator with a practice founded in hand weaving. In her artistic production, she experiments with materials, processes, and loom technologies. She regards woven textiles as sensual and material while simultaneously embedded with complex mathematical information. In two- and three-dimensional weavings, she draws conceptual parallels between the systems of woven structure and other foundational human systems and infrastructure, such as platonic mathematics, the US petroleum industry, and standardized measurement.

She has acted as the Fountainhead Fellow at VCU, Fulbright Scholar in Paris, France, and artist-in-residence at MASS MoCA, Cité Internationale des Arts Paris, Ox-Bow, and ACRE. She has studied traditional textiles in Ecuador, Ghana, India, Zimbabwe, as well as in Europe, and she has exhibited work recently at venues including Alternative Art Space in Boston, MA; Sediment Gallery in Richmond, VA; Heaven Gallery, the Mission Gallery, and Rhona Hoffman Gallery in Chicago; and PointDom in Toulouse, France. She received her BA from Brown University and her MFA in Fiber and Material Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she is a lecturer.

She is based in Minneapolis, MN, where she enjoys year-round cycling and fermentation projects, among other things.

About this Artist

Heather MacKenzie

Heather MacKenzie is a visual artist, writer, and educator with a practice founded in hand weaving. They delight in materials, processes, and loom technologies, prodding the inconsistent logic of their operations. Through their long-term research into standardized measurement, queer mathematics, and encryption technologies, they continue to poke at systems and structures and rules, questioning the possibilities of their engagement. Heather has acted as a Fulbright Scholar in Paris, France; Fountainhead Fellow at VCU in Richmond, VA; and artist-in-residence at ACRE, MASS MoCA, Cité des Arts Paris, among others. Their work has been exhibited recently at venues including the Textile Center of MN; Alternative Art Space in Boston, Massachusetts; Sediment Gallery in Richmond, Virginia; Heaven Gallery and Rhona Hoffman Gallery in Chicago; and PointDom in Toulouse, France. They received an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Fiber and Material Studies, where they occasionally lecture.
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