Heather Hansen, a New Orleans based fine artist, has combined visual and performance art in her totally mesmerizing pieceEmptied Gestures, which she describes as an experiment in kinetic drawing. While being filmed from above by photographer Bryan Tarnowski, she uses her entire body as a tool to manipulate charcoal and pastels into imagery over engulfing panels of paper spread on the floor. Her dance-like movements are sensual and organic, creating a painting technique that is achieved by using only her physical body. She is essentially capturing her gestures, pouring them from one art form into the other. The artist’s limbs become darkened by the medium, and she becomes one with the piece.
In watching the development of the image, the viewer gets a sense of how incredibly connected Hansen is to the balance of each of her beautiful works of art in the series. Watch the video below and get lost in the strength of Heather Hansen’s decadent movements, accompanied by the haunting sounds of Nick Principe from Port St Willow.