Heidi Brickell

A Ghost on a Coat Hanger
March 21 – April 20, 2013 


Someone wondered, upon viewing Eugène Delacroix’s The Lion Hunt (1854), what the lion would have thought of the painting had it been a) alive, b) able to apprehend its own image, and c) able to speak. For the better part of the past decade, Heidi Brickell has been working through questions about the encounter between viewer and painting. Haunted by the specters of animals, the subject matter of Brickell’s paintings could be thought of purely in terms of a fight between different modes of address. Roughness, gentleness, lawlessness, lawfulness, logic, sponteneity, lightness, weightiness, sensitivity, aggression, joyfulness and playfulness: these attitudes, taking on their own agency, fight it out on the surface of the canvas, the wall the canvas hangs on, and the room the wall is built into. Might we, as visitors encountering these battles, perceive ourselves in certain of these attitudes, in moments of empathy or affront, or do we retreat as onlookers over these inanimate, material composites.


- Alex Davidson



Brickell completed a Master of Fine Arts at Elam in 2011, and has exhibited regularly in solo and group shows since 2007. Writing of hers has been published in the Papakura Art Gallery's Animal Incarnations catalogue and Gambia Castle's reader 'Field Trips in Artificial Weather'.


Privacy battles by Heidi Brickell.