The Soul Selects her own Society

Surfacing: Miller Meigs Collection sequence  2010–2013

I am honored to have my work included in the exhibition The Soul Selects her own Society: Women Artists from the Miller Meigs Collection at the Law Warschaw Gallery, Macalester College, MN, January 30–March 13, 2015. 

The exhibition includes work by Louise Bourgeois, Ann Hamilton, Jessica Jackson-Hutchins, Kristan Kennedy, Ana Mendieta, Kimsooja, Sam Taylor-Johnson, Su-Mei Tse, Sara VanDerBeek, Heather Watkins, Hannah Wilke,  and Bobbi Woods.

HOURS presented at the New York Art Book Fair

Using the medieval book of hours as a point of departure, Hours explores ideas of memory and time, ritual and alchemy. I devised a chemical process for the project, working directly on twenty-four offset printing plates that were used to print the pages of the book. On press, the treated plates accepted ink in surprising ways, creating analog images that "developed" through the process of printing. The images, printed in twenty-four shades of dark blue ink, are reminiscent of water and waves, rivulets and eddies, primordial creation and geological erosion. Each plate was used to print a press sheet, which was then folded down to create a sixteen-page signature in the finished book. Motifs repeat rhythmically across the spreads, and fingerprints and fold marks echo the ritualistic repetitions of the book's creation. The book is scaled for intimate interaction, with a multitude of bookmark ribbons that add to the composition in ways that change with every viewing.

Published by Container Corps and presented at the New York Art Book Fair, September 26-28, 2014.

384 pages
4.5 by 6 inches
Numbered edition of 150
Printed offset in 24 shades of blue, smyth sewn hardbound
My participation in the fair was supported in part by a Career Opportunity Grant from the Oregon Arts Commission.


Images of a book-in-progress, to be released this fall at the NY Art Book Fair, published by Container Corps. The book, Hours, comprises twenty-four signatures (shown collated in the image above), offset printed in a spectrum of hand-mixed blues. Images were prepared using a direct application of a toner-based fluid onto offset printing plates (one shown in second image above, after printing).

Recurrent Work / Book

Images of Heather Watkins – Recurrent Work, recently published in conjunction with my one-person exhibition at The Art Gym at Marylhurst University. The book features two exquisite texts – a spatialized poem, and an essay – by Stephanie Snyder, Director and Curator of the Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery, Reed College, Portland, Oregon. The book's design, beautifully executed by Adam McIsaac / Sibley House, includes over one hundred work examples, with emphasis on ink- and fiber-based works created over the past five years.

The book is available for purchase ($20) through The Art Gym, by emailing A lo-res downloadable pdf of the book is available here.

This publication was made possible through the help and generosity of Jane Beebe of PDX Contemporary Art in Portland, Oregon; the Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation and Linda Hutchins and John Montague, contributors to The Art Gym Publication Fund; and collectors and art advocates Dorothy Lemelson, Sarah and Andrew Meigs, Mary Caulkins, Thomas Cody, Anne and James Crumpacker, Mary and Spencer Dick, JoAnn Gonzales Hickey, Deneen King, Carol Smith-Larson, David Lessoff, Sarah Dougher and Nathan Overmeyer, Travers Hill Polak, the Shipley Family, Jonathan Snyder, Andrea and Jon Walker, Nell Warren and Greg Misarti, and anonymous donors.

Recurrent Work at The Art Gym

Installation views of the exhibition Heather Watkins – Recurrent Work, on view at The Art Gym at Marylhurst University, Marylhurst, Oregon, February 24-April 2, 2014.

The exhibition was curated by Terri M. Hopkins, director and curator emerita of The Art Gym. In conjunction with the exhibition, The Art Gym has published Heather Watkins – Recurrent Work, a book featuring an in-depth essay and poetic text by Stephanie Snyder, Curator and Director of the Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery at Reed College, and was designed by Adam McIsaac/Sibley House.

For more information about the exhibition and the book, please visit this link:

Score at Portland State University's Lincoln Performance Hall

Score, 2014. India ink, cotton cord, mild steel

Score, a permanent installation commissioned by Portland State University for Lincoln Performance Hall, part of Oregon's Percent for Art in Public Places program, managed by the Oregon Arts Commission. Project assistance by: Matthew D'Amboise (installation); Zoë Clark (installation); Rob Off (mounting system); Abigail McNamara (fabrication); Joel Martinez, Kris Wallsmith, Jim Meakin, Katie Savastano (special ops). Photography by Evan La Londe.

APEX: Heather Watkins at Portland Art Museum

APEX: Heather Watkins, a solo exhibition at the Portland Art Museum, is on view until October 20, 2013. The exhibition includes a new sequence of my ongoing drawing series Surfacing (2008-present); two fiber-based sculptural works (Medium and Medium II, 2013); Transcript (2013); a 25-foot scroll drawing; and Sessions (2013), a series of archival digitally-printed folios. Funding for this exhibition was provided by a Career Opportunity Grant from the Oregon Arts Commission and The Ford Family Foundation.

New Drawings

details of new drawings from the Surfacing series that will be on view this summer at the Portland Art Museum (July 20-October 20, 2013). The Portland Art Museum's APEX series presents the work of four contemporary northwest artists each year. My work for this exhibition is generously supported in part by grants from the Oregon Arts Commission and The Ford Family Foundation.


Binding Repository 2009-2011, a limited edition book that accompanied my exhibitions last August at PDX Contemporary Art, and at the Edith Feldenheimer Gallery at Reed College. The book is comprised of edited excerpts from notebooks – a window into the thinking that informs my work. Edition of 100, hand-bound, offset and digital printing, 48 pages with paper jacket. The books are available at PDX Contemporary Art:

Gradual Instant: Lithographs

Six lithographs made in collaboration with master printer Mark Mahaffey of Mahaffey Fine Art in Portland, Oregon. Three images are printed in two color sets: white ink on black glassine, and black ink on Kozo-shi. This project was funded in part by an artist's project grant from the Regional Arts & Culture Council. The prints were presented in the exhibition Gradual Instant at the Edith Feldenheimer Gallery at Reed College, August 20-September 15, 2012. (Installation images of that exhibition below.)

Mahaffey Print Collaboration / RACC Project Grant

working on the plate with various wet media

color proofing in white!

color proofing on gray gampi

final color proofing … many versions later

From April-July, 2012, I worked with Mark Mahaffey of Mahaffey Fine Art to produce two new lithographic print series, which were exhibited in August at PDX Contemporary Art and the Edith Feldenheimer Gallery at Reed College, respectively. This work was generously supported by an artist's project grant from the Regional Arts & Culture Council. A few images of the process shown above.

Linda's Radar

Portland artist Linda Hutchins posted a response to Gradual Instant on her blog: Linda's Radar

Thanks for the thoughtful reflection, Linda, and for the thoughtful comment, Stephanie Snyder.

Movement of Objects at Rest

Installation images from my exhibition, Movement of Objects at Rest, at PDX Contemporary Art, July 31-September 1, 2012. Photography by Dan Kvitka

A review of this exhibition, written by John Motley, appeared in The Oregonian's A&E print edition on Friday, August 10, 2012. Web version here:

Gradual Instant at Edith Feldenheimer Gallery, Reed College

Installation of Gradual Instant, comprised of works on paper, an artist's book, and a suite of lithographic prints made in collaboration with Mahaffey Fine Art, and supported by a project grant from the Regional Arts & Culture Council. The exhibition will be on view August 20-September 15, 2012. Gallery hours: Monday-Saturday, 11 am-5 pm. Artist's talk and reception, August 29 at 4 pm in the Feldenheimer Gallery, Studio Art Building, Reed College. photos: Dan Kvitka