Heidi Voet’s multidisciplinary practice is informed by her transcultural experience of both residing in Europe and Asia and offers a critical approach on cultural conventions and belief systems, modes of production in consumer society, and the ubiquitous experience of time. The central concern of Heidi Voet’s oeuvre is the contrasting registers of time that shape the present. The immediacy and fleeting nature of popular culture and everyday commodities – plastic watches, magazines, fruit and vegetables – that are among her unexpected media, place her work in a critical relationship with today’s globalized culture. Combined in assemblages that draw on arts, crafts, historical artefacts and myths from diverse cultures, Voet nimbly folds the past into the present.
The apparent simplicity of their form belies their highly crafted, and often labour intensive, production – a further register of relative time and value – recurs throughout her practice. Acutely aware of her works historical and cultural context, Heidi Voet places the materials and processes within an intricate network of associations in her “thoughts turned form”. Through this playful approach she directs our attention to pressing issues of social inequity, imperialism, and other affects under globalization. Favouring conundrum, absurdity and contradiction as its means, Heidi Voet consistently provokes a reappraisal of today’s complex and relative social conditions.
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