Heidi Bolema

individual, ENTITY.2633
GVSU Alumni Status:
GVSU Alum, 2004
Artist Biography:
Artist Statement:

We live in a visual culture, and we are constantly bombarded with images of people, objects, products, and symbols, which combine to create their own language. My art is a form of digital clutter that speaks its own language and creates its own code. This digital clutter is an extension of my mind. It IS my mind.

I am strongly attracted to icons and all things iconic. Cultural and religious icons, logos, symbols, bar codes, and pop culture images become hieroglyphs in this visual language I have subconsciously created for myself. I wish to speak it and understand it better.

I’ve realized that every image I create represents what the inside of my head looks like at that precise moment. I enjoy creating things that can be completed in a short period of time. One active thought can be suddenly pushed out so another can enter and add to the chaos. Many times the ideas and thoughts in my head are moving so fast that my physical process cannot keep up with my mind. Often they meld into a gigantic blur. It becomes difficult to focus, and my thinking becomes increasingly incoherent. Documenting these ideas allows me to mentally rest.