The project results in a series of large-scale charcoal paintings and drawings recorded by Tarnowski in accompanying videos and photos to create a true multimedia art project. Discussing the project with “Ignant“, Heather Hansen stated:
“In this series, I am searching for ways to download my movements directly onto paper, emptying gestures from one form to another and creating something new in the process.”
Originally from Idaho, the Los Angeles-based artist studied dance and visual arts before beginning her “Emptied Gestures” project. The training received in visual arts at Washington’s TESC Olympia institution was complemented by further studies in dance at Japan’s Kazou Ohno Studio in Yokohama where her skills were honed.
Since starting the “Emptied Gestures” project in 2012, Heather Hansen has spent a large amount of her time teaching at workshops providing kinetic drawing opportunities for her students.