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Heidi Buscher - The Artifacts of Belonging; Myth, Memory and the Human Story
 

Heidi Buscher

The Artifacts of Belonging; Myth, Memory and the Human Story

February 25 - April 10, 2021

Kahilu Theatre Galleries are free and open to the public Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 1 pm - 5 pm 

Virtual tour and talkstory with the artist on Kahilu.TV




Heidi Buscher, 'Naupaka Kahakai', Acryic on Canvas

Kahilu Exhibits presents a solo exhibition, The Artifacts of Belonging; Myth, Memory and the Human Story by Heidi Buscher, from February 25 to April 10, 2021 in the Simperman and Hamakua Galleries of the Kahilu Theatre.  The exhibit features a series of new, mixed-media paintings on canvas. Please click here to watch a virtual tour and talk story with the artist on Kahilu.TV


Heidi Buscher, 'Outrigger', 
Acrylic on Canvas

The Artifacts of Belonging; Myth, Memory and the Human Story conveys a sense of spirituality, humanity and our connection to the people who came before us and the places we call home. The artist sources early contact imagery and Hawaiian mythology, exploring these themes through a balance of abstract mark-making and portraiture. While Hawai’i mythology anchors the work, Buscher gathers thousands of source materials: patterns, fabrics, archival texts, handwritten letters and early Hawaiiana imagery as visual threads that inspire, layer and fold into her art-making process.
 
This installation examines the complex questions of belonging, of the connection between mythology, religion and the land, of conflict over sacred ground, and of how we lament, protect and express profound love for these places—whether we are descended from Hawaii’s ancient ancestors, or more recently arrived.


Heidi Buscher, 'Kahaionui a Piikea', Acrylic on Canvas
 
The work does not provide answers to these questions but invites a deep, inner questioning of what it means to belong. The work attempts to convey a sense of reverence and pain for what is lost, yet also celebrates what remains. “Our humanity is inextricably linked to the people and sacred places that came before us,” says Buscher. “How can we humans be here, and love as hard as we love, and then just be gone? What remains? The stories and myths shared across time and civilizations.”
 
Heidi Buscher is the Fine Arts Department Chair at Parker School where she runs an acclaimed visual arts program. She received an MFA in ceramics from San Francisco University in 2001, and has worked in ceramic sculpture, bronze sculpture, acrylic painting and pottery. Buscher is a fourth generation kama'aina raised in Kamuela where she resides with her husband and children. After a hiatus spent raising young children and teaching full-time, Buscher has returned to a vibrant art practice.


Buscher's Studio
 
The Artifacts of Belonging will be on display from February 25 to April 10 , 2021 at the Kahilu Theatre.


Kahilu Galleries are free and open to the public Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 1pm – 5pm. For more information, call (808) 885-6868.

The Kahilu Exhibits program is generously sponsored by Mollie & Jim Hustace, Keolani Keawe, Pau Pizza, Kamuela Hardwoods, Woodbury Inspection Group and the Fairmont Orchid.



        

 

 
 
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