Tayo Heuser was born in Washington D.C., and grew up in Africa and Europe. She received her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, RI and Masters degree from Vermont College in Montpelier, VT. Currently, she lives and works in Providence, RI and Brooklyn NY. Heuser’s most recent work was included in group shows at the Phillips Collection in Washington DC, the Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, NYC, the Newport Art Museum in Newport Rhode Island, Cade Tompkins Projects in Providence, Rhode Island, the Chateau de Fernelmont in Fernelmont, Belgium and Cynthia Reeves-New England in Hanover, New Hampshire. Heuser's recent sculpture and drawings were featured in her solo exhibition at Cade Tompkins Projects in 2011 in Providence R.I. In 2009-2010 her sculptural drawings were featured at the Phillips Collection in Washington DC. for a year long solo exhibition. Heuser has also exhibited at the Exhibition Gallery at Roger Williams University in Bristol, RI, as well as at the Cynthia Reeves gallery in NYC, the Center for Contemporary Non-objective Art and the H29 gallery in Brussels, Belgium, the Margarete Roeder Gallery in NYC, the Dorsky Gallery in Brooklyn, NY and the Chazan Gallery in Providence, RI.
Previously, her work has been shown throughout the US, including the David Winton Bell Gallery, Brown University, and the Rhode Island School of Design Museum in Providence, RI; the Elvehejem Museum of Art, University of Wisconsin in Madison, WI; Margarete Roeder Gallery and Josee Bienvenue gallery in New York, NY; Bernard Toale gallery in Boston, MA; the University Art Museum, California State University Long Beach, CA and the Weatherspoon Gallery, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, NC. Heuser's work is also included in numerous public and corporate collections including the Phillips Collection in Washington DC, the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, CA, the Rhode Island School of Design Museum in Providence, R. I.,Brown University David Winton Bell Gallery Collection, American Embassy Jeddah Saudi Arabia, the Leeds Foundation in Philadelphia PA,the Werner Kramarsky Collection in New York, NY, the Progressive Corporation in Cleveland, Ohio, the Sanyo Corporation in New York, NY, the Lerner Corporation in Washington D.C., Blue Cross Blue Shield Providence, RI, Duke Energy in North Carolina, Fidelity Investments in Smithfield, RI and Cooley LLP in Washington D.C. amongst many others.
This new body of work alludes to the actual three dimensional form of a window. Time is suspended as the window represents infinity, a world of infinite possibilities and an expanded view of echoed memories and yearnings. I used diffused color as timeless tranquility, a calm breath away from chaos expanding the imagination to new perceptions of the world. Based on the grid, these windows are sculpted with handmade abaca and linen paper which acts like membranes for light and color. The compositional severity of the grid is subdued due to the ethereal qualities of the paper and subtle use of color.
These weightless paper windows are fragile prisms to the outside world. Our gaze sees through the layers of demarcation permitting a poetic and contemplative passageway between the interior and exterior creating a space for self reflectivity.
Dedee Shattuck Gallery | June 29 - July 31, 2016 | Surface Appeal Material Perception