Heather Hancock is an interdisciplinary artist making mixed media art with glass. Her work is informed by a Master of Science degree and a decade-long career in healthcare. Working in Chicago hospitals gave her the conceptual foundation for her studio practice. A Master Class at Orsoni Studio in Venice, Italy provided the technical basis for her work.
Heather uses this ancient medium as a conceptual tool to explore contemporary ideas about mind, place and information. Her art is inspired by how people engage with information in the natural and built worlds. Matte settings highlight luminous glass that shifts and shimmers with light and movement, catching attention and enticing viewers to look again. Setting glass alongside industrial materials such as grout, cement and metal points to the contrast between the natural and manmade worlds and creates tension between light and dark, brilliance and opacity, vibrancy and restraint, fragility and permanence.
Heather's work hangs in private residences, and corporate, healthcare and government collections across the United States. Her work is included in the New Glass Now show at the Corning Museum of Glass, a juried global survey of innovations in contemporary glass.
Heather was born in Alberta, Canada and has lived in the Chicago area since 1993. She received her Master of Science in Communication Disorders from the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.