My projects and installations explore and pay homage to peripheral, even diminishing habitats and their species whose delicate survival depends on our awareness of them. The majority of my work focuses on La Cholla, a small headland in Sonora, Mexico, a place I have known my whole life that has been vulnerable to overdevelopment and overfishing.
Through a phenomenological investigation of counting, charting, collecting and displaying what is found in this region, I invite speculation about what can be known and what will remain unknowable, what can be seen and what may never be seen again. Whether photographing the movements of the tide, interviewing ﬁshermen, conferring with regional scientists, or combing the shoreline—investigative ﬁeldwork inspires and informs my projects.
In order to offer the experience of place as a multidimensional, multi-sensory immersion, my installations use a wide range of media and interactive elements. Whether turning a handle to view a moving image or taking away a hand-printed card, I invite the audience to engage visually as well as haptically, allowing an opportunity for participation that calls for more sustained attention.
Heather Green's projects and installations examine historical and ecological narratives of the Northern Gulf of California and Sonoran Desert. The collaborative nature of her work has allowed her to ally with a diverse range of individuals including scientists, poets and ﬁshermen.
Green is a recipient of the 2011 Arizona Commission on the Arts Artist Project Grant, the 2010 Community Foundation of Southern Arizona/Buffalo Exchange Arts Award, and the Oregon College of Art & Craft Emerging Artist Residency in Book Arts. Her work has been shown in Spain, México, Uruguay, and in museums and galleries both regionally and across the United States. A native of Tucson, Heather currently works in Tempe as Assistant Professor of Book Arts at Arizona State University.