Heidi works primarily in oil paint. Her figurative works, mostly involving the human figure, are originally inspired by found and her personal photography. Her interests lie in exploring expression through paint, and creating something new out of a moment which has expired. Each painting stems from a frozen photographic moment which is brought back to a place where it can exist albeit in a transformed state. The narrative in each work is subjective and left open for each viewer to bring something to the piece themselves.
There is often a slight tension and awkwardness caused by a sweetness or a beauty that is slightly "off" in her work. It is at once a celebration of beauty and a rebellion against it. Her painting practice is always explorative whether this applies to materials, subject matter, or concepts.
It is a constant balancing act between losing oneself in the process, allowing intuition to play it's role, and remaining focused on the use of technique and formal elements in order to connect effectively with the viewer.
The artist is fascinated by human behaviour, thought, and emotion, and by the faces and bodies which express them. In terms of other artists as influences, the list is long. Artists such as Michael Borremans, Eric Fischl, Katinka Lampe, and Jean-Luc Blanc are some of the most recent influences who have impacted her work.
Bid on Heidi Daehler's art at the 3rd Montreal Timeraiser/Bénévotemps on May 8th, 2014.