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Heather McMordie - PATTERNS BELOWGROUND // PATTERNS ABOVEGROUND

  • University City Arts League 4226 Spruce Street, 19104 (map)
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Come out to the gallery at UCAL for a bright and beautiful opening reception for Heather McMordie's prints!


In these recent artworks by Heather McMordie, the artist employs employs printmaking, puzzle-making, and patterning to explore the complexities of soil systems. Soils are vibrant, robust, resilient, and diverse — as diverse as the life forms they sustain. Through puzzles of prints, McMordie investigates the near limitless variations within soils on macro and micro scales.


Heather has spent the last year researching, exploring, and visually interpreting soils in Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Guyana. Each exhibited work is informed by the artist’s scientific study of soil systems, as well as her experience of place. Colors, forms, and patterns reference soils and vegetation observed in the field, while the practice and puzzle-like works are inspired by specific soil processes such as bioturbation or leaf litter decomposition.


Through these dynamic works, McMordie provides points of inquiry into complex systems of thinking, and invites the viewer into the act of puzzling through patterns found above and below ground. Pick up puzzle pieces. Turn over new leaves. Stoop down, look closely, and explore.

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