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Claire Heidinger

Claire Heidinger

Bio/Statement


Claire Heidinger is a Toronto-based visual artist with a BFA from OCAD University, specializing in Drawing and Painting, and Art History. Her work is heavily influenced by her heritage and diasporic culture, focusing on ideas of asian female sexuality. Investigating a visual fetishism created by the gaze, she creates large-scale oil paintings and experiments with food products in expanded painting.

Claire’s practice is dependent on heavy research, motivated by sentimentality, identity, and accessibility. Her current research focuses on the cross-cultural trade between the East and West. The historical transposition of media in ceramics and painting has inspired Claire to bring forth a contemporary practice that depicts characters in reflection of western iconography in order to regain the sovereignty of the gaze.

CV


EDUCATION
  • Sept 2017 - Apr - 2021 - OCAD University, BFA: Maj. Drawing & Painting, Min. Art History Toronto, ON
  • (Sept 2020 - Apr 2021) - DRPT Thesis Program
  • (Sept 2019 - Dec 2019) - Florence Self-Directed Study Program
Exhibitions
  • 2020 - “OCADU Artist Alley”, OCAD University, Online
  • 2020 - “Lost in Translation”, Great Hall, OCAD University, Toronto *postponed*
  • 2019 - “Scusa?: Open Studio”, Florence Campus, OCAD University Florence Program, Florence, Italy
  • 2019 - “Tint Highlights”, Ada Slaight Gallery, OCAD University, Toronto
  • 2019 - Common Collective Art’s “Tint”, Grand Canyon Theatre, Toronto
  • 2019 - “Moon Landing Festival”, Aga Khan Museum, Toronto
  • 2018 - “A Look Inside Studio Education”, Great Hall, OCAD University, Toronto
  • 2018 - CPAMO’s “The Gathering - Pluralism in Arts Practices: Contemporary Intersections”, Ada Slaight Gallery, OCAD University, Toronto
  • 2017 - “Reverence: Indigenous Art Show Featuring Arts Unionville”, Aurora Cultural Centre, Aurora
Residencies
  • 2021 - What Moves You?: UAL/OCAD Residency, Remote
  • 2019 - Aga Khan Museum, Artist Assistant to Kevork Mourad, North York Curatorial Experience
  • 2019 - “Scusa?: Open Studio”, Florence Campus, OCAD University Florence Program, Florence, Italy
  • 2019 - Common Collective Art’s “Tint”, Grand Canyon Theatre, Toronto
  • 2019 - “Moon Landing Festival”, Aga Khan Museum, Toronto
Professional Experience
  • 2020 OCAD University, Student Community Ambassador, Remote
  • 2018 - 2019 Aga Khan Museum, Visitor Services Representative, North York
  • 2016 - 2017 Varley Art Gallery, Information Services Attendant, Markham
  • 2017 Focus Academy, Art Instructor, Markham
  • 2017 Varley Art Gallery, Life Drawing Studio Assistant
Publications
  • 2020 - No Thoughts Collective, “One Q Interview” (Instagram)
  • 2020 - Quarantine Qapsule: Archiving Asian Canadian Stories, Myseum of Toronto “Purell against Blue and White Pattern”
  • 2020 - Gidra Magazine August 2020 edition, UCLA, “Purell against Blue and White Pattern”
  • 2020 - Rani Collective, “BLM Series: 03, Non-Black POC” (Instagram)
  • 2020 - Shedoesthecity, “Pandemic Art” (Instagram)
  • 2020 - What a Wonderful Women’s World, “Featured Artist: Claire Heidinger”
  • 2020 - Instudio, “Lost in Translation” feature
  • 2019 - NOW Magazine, “TINT”
  • 2019 - BlogTO, “TINT Art Show”
Awards
  • 2020 - Joseph Muscat Scholarship
  • 2019 - Sandy McQueen Memorial Scholarship
  • 2017 - Delaney Entrance Undergraduate Scholarship
  • Wallace Joyce Scholarship
  • Permanent Collections Award
  • Ontario Scholars Award

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