Heidi Moller Somsen’s exhibits can get messy. Performance has increasingly become a part of the sculptor’s practice, and at recent shows she has used the clay for her sculptures in transformative ways — molding it by slapping it against her body, or using her foot to smear a mound of it across the gallery floor, while the branches attached to her arms scrape and screech their way over the concrete. In her MFA final exhibit Grafted, at the Gittins Gallery through July 15, things are a bit neater; the only clay present has been fired, into figures of women and children with branches grafted on to their bodies. Jared Christensen stepped into Somsen’s studio this month to see what her work space looks like.
Check out his photographic essay in the July 2011 edition of 15 Bytes.