Heather Joy Puskarich
Heather Joy Puskarich is an artist and educator based in The Woodlands Texas. She has an MFA in Sculpture and Dimensional Studies from Alfred University, and a BA in Film Studies from the University of Pittsburgh. She is the Cultural Arts Director of The Woodlands Arts Council is an exhibiting artist who shows work nationally and internationally, including recent juried shows, Artprize at the FED Galleries, Kendall College of Art and Design, Glasmuseet Ebeltoft, the Kinsey Institute, and the State Museum of Pennsylvania, where she received several awards in photography and sculpture. Her work was selected for New Glass Review 36 and she was named one of the 20 Women of Power in Maniac, Pittsburgh's Fashion Magazine. She teaches studio classes, art history and professional practice workshops. She has extensive experience in community relations and has developed ongoing collaborative curriculums with nonprofit organizations and schools. Heather Joy’s work focuses on the contradictory nature of beauty, time, aging and our culture.
"As Georges Bataille so eloquently puts it, “To look at an object with desire is to appropriate it, to enjoy it. To desire is to pollute; to desire is to take.”
"The evocation of desire influences my decision to utilize images of women, specifically in the form of self-portraiture. In my practice, I strive to use consumer waste, cutoffs, and thrown-away materials. I work intuitively with materials, exploring ideas of desire and consumption by utilizing recycled and overlooked materials such as confectionaries, glass, metals, soaps, and cosmetics. I question ideas of commercialism and my practice, how I consume and am consumed by my environment. The tension and contradictory nature of my work is the catalyst for my self-exploration. By utilizing my own body in tandem with both ephemeral and lasting materials, I am responding to change, aging, my own ideas of desire, beauty, and the search for identity."