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Denise Heredia


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Denise Heredia

Mixed Media on Canvas
12" x 18"
Starburst Mixed Media on Canvas 12 x 18" 2020

This work is inspired by 'Starburst' the candy brand. When the artist was younger, this was her reward from her grandparents every time she saw them so she really looked forward to receiving these candies. It's always such a memorable part of her childhood growing up.


Stradling painting and sculpture, Denise Heredia’s Childhood series are highly textural paintings that appeal in principle both to the senses of sight and of touch. Comprising of plain single-color backgrounds with deeply furrowed regular, parallel lines that continue to the painting’s edges, and colorful heavy impastos hurled instinctively to create harmonious compositions which break the regularity the parallel lines provide, her paintings are dynamic and exuberant, and provide a contrast between order and joyful chaos, reminiscent of the opposing energies of childhood which oscillate between willed obedience and playful spontaneity. Viewable from every angle, her haptic paintings work with the direction and intensity of available light and the position of viewer. Theoretically, with their high reliefs and deep inclusions, one never sees the same painting twice, as viewing them in different lights and different vantages will always provide a new experience. Ever fresh, they are a wonderful metaphor for childhood’s vigor and unabashed youth.