Heather Hansen: Dance, Line & Body

Heather Hansen

“New Orleans-based visual artist Heather Hansen explores the combined art of painting and movement for her experimental project titled Emptied Gestures. Like a kinetic performance piece, the artist uses her own body to illustrate action on a two-dimensional surface. Utilizing her body movements, Heather Hansen creates breathtaking, large scale charcoal paintings.

She began experimenting with kinetic drawing and has been searching for ways to combine her passion for visual art and dance. The idea for the series ‘Emptied Gestures’ was sparked on a trip to the beach. Whilst dancing on the beach she noticed that the lines carved in the sand by her turns had an interesting quality. She explains her work as follows: ‘Emptied Gestures is an experiment in kinetic drawing. In this series, I am searching for ways to download my movement directly onto paper, emptying gestures from one form to another and creating something new in the process.’


Malke Rosenfeld is a dance teaching artist, author, editor, math explorer, and presenter whose interests focus on the learning that happens at the intersection of math and the moving body. She delights in creating rich environments in which children and adults can explore, make, play, and talk math based on their own questions and inclinations.

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