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Heather Tobias – Happenstance

The curious “English Gothic”, wherein and elderly couple, made from porcelain glazed with oxides, stand side by side facing the viewer making reference to the classic painting “American Gothic” by Grant Wood. In a delicate twist of gender roles, Heather places the fork (a real (silver?) dinner fork) in the hands of the woman.

Heather Tobias is a mixed media artist who loves to play.  A sense of fun, a joy in experimentation, and an impulsion to provide a different take on the world we think we know, infuses her work. We can’t help being caught up in her enthusiasm – and find her insatiable curiosity infectious… Here Heather speaks about both her inspiration and her practice.

What has been a seminal experience?
Getting my own studio and being able to play
How has your practice changed over time?
I have learned to be free to connect to what inspires me.
What jobs have you done other than being an artist?
I am an actress.
What memorable responses have you had to your work?
It is a warming feeling that people are moved by my work.
Is the artistic life lonely? What do you do to counteract it?  
I love working alone with possibly just the radio on. It is my sanctuary.  
What research do you do?  
I regularly visit art galleries and find inspiration from found objects. I find car boots and charity shops a great hunting ground.  
Favourite or most inspirational place?  
West Wales and coastlines
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
Stop criticising myself and just play.
Professionally, what’s your goal?
To be happy
What wouldn’t you do without?
My husband  
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