For my series 47 Years, I photographed my mother’s apartment before it was emptied and sold. The title indicates the time lived in that apartment. Here the marks are an indictment of my parent’s relationship, and of my mother’s sadness and loss. It is an uncomfortable and melancholy view of mortality, fear of the unknown, and what we leave behind. They images are of a place, but more so, are portraits.
These are not sentimental photographs.
Victoria Mara Heilweil is a nationally exhibited photographic artist, curator and educator. Her work has been included in exhibitions at Intersection for the Arts, Southern Exposure, and RayKo Photo Center in San Francisco, the Robert V. Fullerton Art Museum in Southern California, the Minneapolis Photo Center, the Visual Arts Center in Portsmouth, VA and The Washington Square Art Galleries in New York City. In October 2013 Victoria had two solo exhibitions at the California State University Chico Art Gallery, and wall space gallery in Santa Barbara, CA. She has also created public and community based art works in conjunction with the ZERO! Bienniale in San Jose, CA and the Bayview Opera House in San Francisco, CA.
Victoria is a founding member of MicroClimate Collective, an artist created curatorial project, which has produced eleven exhibitions over the past six years. She is also an independent curator, whose exhibition, Edible Ephemera, examined the fleeting temporal nature of food through artworks utilizing transmutation to create a more permanent state. The exhibition was held at Root Division in San Francisco during the month of April 2013.
In addition to her exhibition and curatorial history, Victoria has taught the past 18 years at colleges and community centers.
Victoria received a Masters of Fine Arts from California College of the Arts, and is a mom to a funny and inquisitive 7 year old daughter.