Making a Point II
Heidi Dauphin (BFA 1992, MFA 2001)
I think of my creative process as a journey. This journey began long ago. I am a collector traveling through life picking up bits and pieces of memories, items, places, and people along the way: all affecting my work. I concentrate on the accumulation of these things and incorporate multiples and repetition in my work. I am drawn to patterns, grids, numbers, and organizational systems. I examine the ideas of micro and macro within the arrangements of my collections. I create strong overall designs to draw viewers in from a distance, but love to incorporate small details that are discovered upon closer inspection. My curiosity leads me to look for connections and similarities. I integrate. The materials that I use greatly influence the content of my work. I am drawn to many different items and enjoy exploring the unique characteristics of each. I am not necessarily obedient to an object's intended use, and often find that when the boundaries are pushed, the best creations occur. As a result I consider myself a mixed media artist, first investigating the “stuff” that art can be made from, then examining many concepts and processes that lead to the completion of my ideas.
This work is featured as part of Future Former: An Exhibition of Alumni Work. This exhibition honors the creative work and careers of all Stamps School alumni, creates an aspirational connection between generations of U-M artists and designers and current Stamps students, and inspires reflection during the university's Bicentennial year.