Heather Rasmussen (born Santa Ana, CA; lives Los Angeles, CA) received a BFA from the University of California, Irvine in 2004 and an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts, Valencia in 2007. Rasmussen’s work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at The Pit, Glendale, CA; ACME and the Weingart Gallery, Occidental College, both Los Angeles; California Museum of Photography, Riverside; and the Angels Gate Cultural Center, San Pedro, CA; as well as group exhibitions at The Art Institute of Chicago, IL; Sycamore Gallery, University of Cincinnati, OH; deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, MA; Frederick Weisman Museum of Art, Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA; Camera Club New York; Wignall Museum, Chaffey College, San Bernadino, CA; Torrance Art Museum, CA; and Fraenkel Gallery and Jessica Silverman Gallery, both San Francisco. Notable awards include a grant from the Foundation of Contemporary Art in 2014 and being named as a Semifinalist in The Print Center’s 97th ANNUAL International Competition in 2022. Rasmussen’s work can be found in the permanent collections of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. She has been the studio manager for artist Catherine Opie for over 10 years.
Statement from the Artist:
I create and photograph still lifes using objects that find their way into my studio by chance, sometimes including my body. I’ve seen my own body change, grow and even become a food source, and attempt to convey these changes. I am also interested in the documentation of deterioration, movement and experimentation that come together in my studio.