MutualArt published my story: Julie Heffernanâ€™s Fountainhead, Her Annihilation, Her Eve, Her Eden.
“Many of the surrealists left the mysterious landscape of the imagination largely uncharted, barely penetrating the frontiers of the subconscious. Not so Heffernan.”
I really enjoyed writing this.
I try to write my articles to reflect the art, and it seemed to me that the rich flow of imagery that I love in her paintings resembled hypotaxis â€“ a sentence with multiple subclauses and sideways journeys, so I wrote the first paragraph in that manner. Itâ€™s 354 words. However, I was also struck by the contrast between the richness of the paintings and her studio, which is so simple and bare. So I wrote the next paragraph describing the studio using parataxis, which is the opposite of hypotaxis, language written in short, undecorated sentences, punchy, to the point. I liked the juxtaposition of the two very much, because the styles paralleled the real world.
You can see more of Heffernan’s paintings in her books: