Heather Godlewski


Jackson's Art Prize 2024
Acrylic, Pencil, Watercolour, Encaustic
3.175 x 5.08 cm

“I started making tiny portraits and figure drawings when I didn’t have time or energy or space to make artwork that might demand more of me. I make them between the hours of 8 pm and 3am after the house is quiet and the demands of job, family, and household are put to bed. I keep it simple. All figures are on small pieces of primed wood or card stock averaging 1 ½ inches x 2 inches. Sometimes the figures come from sketches of people I run across in life, but mostly I reference old family photos or photos I’ve collected from junk markets. I use media that doesn’t require too much preparation since this would be time subtracted from getting to the fun parts. Graphite, watercolors, acrylics, and wax. I draw and I paint, and I practice not fussing- or giving the illusion of not fussing. The smallness makes them precious, as does the subject at times. I practice balancing preciousness with attempts at making marks that have an untidy freedom. I practice making something very small feel large.”