March 22 - April 27
Through the consideration of traumatic experience as unrelenting, Heather Leier presents Coping Mechanisms, an exhibition that draws the eye both downward and toward. One may find themselves looking down, embodying a mechanism unconsciously practiced to avoid confrontation. Another may find themselves moving toward jubilant embellishments only discover they exist as a veil across something adverse. By pairing internal utterances with celebratory sprinkles, Leier explores the ways in which she copes and endures with traumatic experience. She poses dichotomies of protection and vulnerability, openness and closure as well as internal struggles and outward projections of joy in order to create a complex viewing experience akin to her own of negotiating the uncertain world around her.