Heather Sundquist Hall (b. 1982) is an artist based in Central Texas by way of Long Island, NY and Philadelphia, PA. Her work is heavily influenced by narratives and details. Primarily working in gouache paint, Heather’s subjects serve as an attempt to preserve fleeting memories like souvenirs from a road trip. Much of Heather’s focus is the landscape as well as the details. The vast terrain of the romantic southwest and it’s awe striking skies have become staples to her work. These transient landscapes often contrast with discarded objects throughout her pieces that are littered with details. It’s the subtle floral pattern on a curtain, or the kind of plaid a certain couch was that she sat on at her grandmothers in November of 1986 that she is most attracted to explore. It is Heather’s hope that she can invite viewers of her work to pause for a brief quiet moment, affording them a chance to return to their own stories and recall the magic in the everyday and occasionally overlooked.
This piece is from Heather's ETA34 collection, ToyJoy. In her own words: "These six gouache paintings are a small tribute to wandering through to the grocery store with your mom as a kid, but likely with more excitement. They're a look at what it feels like to daydream and remember glimpses from these mundane moments with more playful eyes. Rarely do we, as grown ups, marvel at the end of the "race" in the same way we did as when we were leaving the 2 hour excruciating grocery store visit when we were young. These are each little reminders to celebrate the small moments. Each scene takes place at a different trail or path I had the pleasure of encountering while out in Marfa and Fort Davis, TX over this past year."