Heather Boersma remembers her first thrill of creation when fashioning a pencil holder with a McDonalds take-out container. Boersma spent much of her childhood wandering the woods in Maryland and creating illustrated books about imaginary lands. After moving to Kalamazoo to go to college, she discovered writing poems and making art gave her the ability to see beauty in every situation. As Boersma raised her three creative children, she continued making art, adopting an inexpensive playful approach to art materials using housepaint, lint, sandpaper, and jeans. Since her children have grown and she began teaching, she can afford archival materials, but appreciates the texture and storytelling nature of found materials. They remind her of everyday activities and show how objects can be beautiful and symbolic. She believes art should awaken our ability to see the world anew, such as the soft grayness of lint, the alien blue of medical gloves, or the fierce beauty of burrs as they Velcro together. She has exhibited her bold and colorful abstract landscapes and large face paintings in various art venues and area shows around western Michigan and as far away as New Mexico. Recently she began a series of over 100 framed pieces called the Covid Purse Diary created out of natural and recycled materials that speak of what society has valued and carried throughout the pandemic.
Heather's ArtPrize Entries
These are Heather's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.
Heather's Past Work
These are images of past work that Heather has done.