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Born in Merano, Italy and now living in Toronto, Heidi became a photographer because the medium best worked to give voice to her particular view of the world. While maintaining a full time career she enrolled in OCAD where she graduated with honours, majoring in photography. As a result she began utilizing the camera to explore the world around her.
Starting with her familiar surroundings, she constantly searched for the new and unexpected. Her first photographic series, People ( Anna & the Gang and Life) is a summation of the successive stages of Life. These photographs dwell on the transformations of the flesh, studying the changes in the bodily fabric as they are observed in the mirror.
In her second series, Dunes, flesh, sensuality and metamorphosis are again the underlying subject matter of her pictures, along with transubstantiation, in which the sand becomes flesh and takes on voluptuous, feminin forms undulating in the wind. This exploration continued with Sand Stories, in which she captured figures that emerge from the waves of white volcanic sand.
In her current body of work, Outbox, the focus is on one particular moment in the life-cycle of everyday objects - the passage from refuse or trash to recycled material. These materials of paper, metal, plastic and fabric, shaped by the treatment they have undergone become unique works through her perspective, sculptural forms with an intense beauty. What appears to be without value is in fact a source of inspiration, the unique and extraordinary in the seemingly ordinary. Her images are a product of chance, caught in the transient moment in their life , an ephemeral state between original use and new purpose. When most would consider these throwaways to be in their least desirable states, she causes us to reconsider and appreciate these objects anew, thus adding another layer of recycling to their lives.
Heidi is ahead of her time: while the focus on recycled material as subject is now more pervasive, she has made this her primary subject for over 7 years. Her art lies in capturing beauty in the discarded remnants of our lives. Through her lens recyclable, squished conveyor belts imply a reclining nude, accordion layered cardboard boxes or compressed metal cans suggest the linear vertical modern paintings of the 60's & 70's.
[Heidi Leverty | C.V.