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Talking Art with Heidi Draley McFall

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A series of monumental-sized resin drawings are now on display in the powerful and haunting exhibition, Veiled: The Art of Heidi Draley McFall, at the Figge Art Museum in Davenport, IA.

Over the past four years, McFall has experimented with the application of resin – a liquid epoxy which she often mixes with pigments and dyes – to her photo-realistic pastel drawings. After the epoxy is applied, she presses a variety of synthetic materials into the surface coating ranging from shrink wrap to vinyl shower curtains, which are then removed after the resin has dried. In so doing, each meticulously crafted large-scale portrait emerges ‘veiled’ behind new and surprising surface textures.

Based near DeWitt, Iowa and largely self-taught, the artist’s work has been exhibited regionally, nationally, and internationally.

Listen to the conversation here with artist Heidi Draley McFall about the process behind her latest work; her experimentation with the visual effects afforded by the application of resin, a new interest which has surpassed her interest in realism; and the various individual interpretations that viewers have ascribed to her work.

The exhibition closes on May 21, 2023. The Figge Art Museum is located at 225 W. 2nd Street in Davenport, IA. You can follow the artist on Instagram.

Carolyn Martin joined WVIK as a host of Talking Art in 2017. A long-time fan of NPR programming with a love of storytelling and all art forms, she is thrilled to have the opportunity to speak with creative people who beautify our community and make the Quad Cities region an even better place to live.