Heidi Bakk resides in Medina, MN and is currently working towards her AFA in Art degree at Normandale Community College in Bloomington, MN. She has been a part of the Student Exhibition in 2019 and has an upcoming show in 2020, AFA in Art Exhibition, at Normandale. She received an Award of Excellence for a painting in the Student Exhibition, as well as the Bryant Family Scholarship at Normandale. Her art mainly focuses on the human body and how various figures relate to the spaces around them. These narratives tie into her individual experiences. Bakk primarily uses paint and is also exploring possibilities within printmaking.
My art focuses on narratives surrounding the human body and its form. I particularly am interested in how figures interact with the spaces around them. My work ties to personal experiences I’ve had with my own body and encompasses varying emotions. Our culture’s unrealistic ideals tie into my personal beliefs, whether I overtly talk about the body in my artwork or not. I strongly consider how the imagery in my work can impact people’s own experiences—whether in the past, present, or future.
Space and movement are key elements that I incorporate throughout my pieces. Working in series allows me to expand my message through multiple pieces, and I compose these images to help direct the viewers’ eyes. These technical aspects help maintain consistency throughout my work, while allowing room for individual reactions from the viewer.
I primarily work with paint and am starting to incorporate printmaking into my practice. I manipulate the paint in hopes of evoking an emotional reaction, further connecting the viewer to the narrative of bodies within spaces. Introspection and personal development play a huge role in my own life, and this translates into the emotional message of my artwork.