Sometimes I am an observer with one foot stumbling through the corporeal world while one foot lyrically floats on an alternative path. Why can’t telephone poles/power lines parallel the network of tree roots and fungi that connects the living organism of the Earth? In a different reality our mundane infrastructure becomes a means to escape into a different understanding. We live in a world of shared consequences though we may feel disconnected. What is it that holds us together or keeps us apart? Memory informs who we are, yet memory is unreliable, a solidification of repeated neurons, connected to emotional events. How do we see past the orchestration and manipulations to find our authenticity? Recently I have been working with existing billboard ads, apply geometry to cut into shapes to recombine/reuse. Sometimes the ad content drives the work, sometimes the visual elements, and sometimes the waste produced by recycling the greater waste must be addressed. No matter how many variations can be produced I explore the common thread that connects individuals to a collective world.
Heidi Alonzo has been creating art in the bay area and the central coast of California since she earned a BFA in painting and drawing from San Jose State University in the early nineties. In 2020-23 she returned to SJSU and earned an MFA in Pictorial Arts. She has enjoyed guiding others to discover their own artistic abilities as a teacher since 2004 at St. Francis High School Salesian College Preparatory.