My work depicts people, sometimes shown or clothed as ‘characters’, placed within an environment reflecting their moods and desires, a space that is metaphorical. In creating a metaphorical space I want to depict a meeting point of the real and the imagined
The work also reflects a sense of displacement. As well as a reflection of my own experience and memory they have been inspired by sources as diverse as contemporary and historical war footage, landscapes from films or historical painting or inspired by the sites of real events in history. In a sense I see these as sources of social memory, a pool of collective experience. In my most recent work I have used a combination and juxtaposition of print (monotype) and painted space. The work draws from particularly western historical genres of painting, a reflection on the illusionistic depth of field and gesture in this genre. I wish to subvert and twist the field within which the figures are seen, to display a challenge and metaphor from this depiction.
Harriet Hedden studied painting at Norwich School of Art from 1986-1989, and following a year as Artist in Residence in Bedford, went for two years to Freiburg, Germany as a guest of Prof. Peter Dreher, at the Staatliche Akademie für Bildenen Kunst where she also taught at the Albert Ludwig Universität.
On her return to London she won an AHRB scholarship for two years to study at the Slade School of Fine Art where she completed her MA in Fine Art (Printmaking) in 1997. She was invited to teach in leading masterclasses with Prof. Bartolemeu dos Santos at the Fundaçao Calouste Gubelkian Tavira Printmaking workshop in Portugal and with Stanley Jones MBE at the Curwen Print Centre as well as a residency in Florence Italy at Studio Art Centres International. She currently teaches at Chelsea school of Art in London. Harriet has exhibited widely in the UK and in Europe. Her work is held in British Museum Print & Drawings collection, Strang Print Collection UCL, Deutschbank, the Tassos Printmaking Archive Greece, Bedford Museum as well as private collections in the UK and abroad.