San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art
San Jose, CA
Despite living on the water for most of her life and calling the Delta Queen, a 100-year-old boat, home for the last 25 years, Heather Wilcoxon only recently began to focus on boats as her primary subject matter. She is perhaps best known for her quirky, cartoon-like creatures with skinny tails and snaggle-toothed snouts who visually communicated Wilcoxon’s concerns about the contemporary human condition, “like greed, narcissism, power mongering and the destruction of the planet.”
Her current series of boat paintings portrays a distinctively different mood. There is more darkness, more hurt and a deep but quiet kind of sadness. They are devoid of the humor that pervades her previous work. Heather Wilcoxon: At Sea will focus exclusively on these most recent paintings.
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website.