photography
heather sheehan photography
'newborn human', January 1st, 2016, analogue self-portrait taken at MacDowell Colony, New Hampshire, USA.

heather sheehan photography
'barking the willow', 2013, first triptych of sequence
each 18 x 13 cm / 7" x 5"

This sequence of self-staged B&W analogue photographs portrays a psychic transformation through ritualistic enactments. The photowork deals with the animal in the human and birth of self, culminating in the release of the spirit from the body.

barking:
a. to express a guttural cry as that of a dog when outraged, frightened or calling for attention
b. to remove the skin or bark, of a tree, exposing the smooth wood in preparation for use.

willow:
a. a tree known for its flexible branches used to weave basketry
b. considered to be a witch's tree, source of contraceptive and fever-reducing agent.
heather sheehan photography
'barking the willow' photo sequence installation view, 2015
Gotische Stadel, Neue Galerie Landshut, Bavaria

This sequence of self-staged B&W analogue photographs portrays a psychic transformation through ritualistic enactments. The photowork deals with the animal in the human and birth of self, culminating in the release of the spirit from the body.

barking:
a. to express a guttural cry as that of a dog when outraged, frightened or calling for attention
b. to remove the skin or bark, of a tree, exposing the smooth wood in preparation for use.

willow:
a. a tree known for its flexible branches used to weave basketry
b. considered to be a witch's tree, source of contraceptive and fever-reducing agent.
heather sheehan photography
'barking the willow', 2013, second single of sequence
18 x 13 cm / 7" x 5"

This sequence of self-staged B&W analogue photographs portrays a psychic transformation through ritualistic enactments. The photowork deals with the animal in the human and birth of self, culminating in the release of the spirit from the body.

barking:
a. to express a guttural cry as that of a dog when outraged, frightened or calling for attention
b. to remove the skin or bark, of a tree, exposing the smooth wood in preparation for use.

willow:
a. a tree known for its flexible branches used to weave basketry
b. considered to be a witch's tree, source of contraceptive and fever-reducing agent.
heather sheehan photography
'barking the willow', 2013, third triptych of sequence
each 18 x 13 cm / 7" x 5"

This sequence of self-staged B&W analogue photographs portrays a psychic transformation through ritualistic enactments. The photowork deals with the animal in the human and birth of self, culminating in the release of the spirit from the body.

barking:
a. to express a guttural cry as that of a dog when outraged, frightened or calling for attention
b. to remove the skin or bark, of a tree, exposing the smooth wood in preparation for use.

willow:
a. a tree known for its flexible branches used to weave basketry
b. considered to be a witch's tree, source of contraceptive and fever-reducing agent.
heather sheehan photography photo: Marko Petz
'barking the willow' photo sequence installation view, 2015
Holbeinhaus, Kunstverein Augsburg, Germany
photo: Marko Petz
heather sheehan photography
'barking the willow', 2013, second triptych of sequence
each 18 x 13 cm / 7" x 5"

This sequence of self-staged B&W analogue photographs portrays a psychic transformation through ritualistic enactments. The photowork deals with the animal in the human and birth of self, culminating in the release of the spirit from the body.

barking:
a. to express a guttural cry as that of a dog when outraged, frightened or calling for attention
b. to remove the skin or bark, of a tree, exposing the smooth wood in preparation for use.

willow:
a. a tree known for its flexible branches used to weave basketry
b. considered to be a witch's tree, source of contraceptive and fever-reducing agent.
heather sheehan photography
'barking the willow', 2013, third single of sequence
18 x 13 cm / 7" x 5"

barking:
a. to express a guttural cry as that of a dog when outraged, frightened or calling for attention
b. to remove the skin or bark, of a tree, exposing the smooth wood in preparation for use.

willow:
a. a tree known for its flexible branches used to weave basketry
b. considered to be a witch's tree, source of contraceptive and fever-reducing agent.
heather sheehan photography 18 x 13 cm / 7" x 5"
'Janus spinning', 2013
B&W analogue photo
18 x 13 cm / 7" x 5"
object of jute cloth, sewn, dragged in the river and hung up in the attic to dry, at Schloss Plueschow, Plueschow, Germany.
heather sheehan photography 18 x 13 cm / 7" x 5"
'spirit - front', 2012
B&W analogue photo
18 x 13 cm / 7" x 5"
heather sheehan photography 18 x 13 cm / 7" x 5"
'spirit - back', 2012
B&W analogue photo
18 x 13 cm / 7" x 5"
heather sheehan photography 18 x 13 cm / 7" x 5"
'spirit - side', 2012
B&W analogue photo
18 x 13 cm / 7" x 5"
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