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Jeanne Heifetz
Pre-Occupied 12

2016

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In this series, Jeannes Heifetz challenged herself to confront something that terrifies her. Having had death panics since she was eight years old. Ironically, the only real estate she will ever likely own is a parcel of eight cemetery plots inherited from her grandfather. Along with the deed to the plots came a map of the cemetery, which seemed like a logical place to begin to address her fears. Each drawing in this series is based on the map of a different Jewish cemetery, including the ones where her own relatives are buried. (Even though she is not religious, the historical and familial connection was important: these are all places where she could be buried, even though she remains completely unreconciled to the idea of her own death.) While she can’t claim that drawing the maps allays a panic attack, death remains entirely unknowable terrain: the map can never be the territory. And yet, stripped of identifying text, the cemeteries’ abstract forms are mysteriously compelling, grounding in the universal human drive to create beauty and order and ritual in the face of our own mortality. Jeanne Heifetz is an artist and independent curator based in Brooklyn, NY. She has had solo and two-person shows at galleries, nonprofit art centers, and universities in California, Connecticut, Idaho, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, and Oregon. Her work has also been included in group shows at galleries, universities, and museums across the United States as well as in Italy, Germany, England, France, and Israel. Her drawings have been included in Manifest's International Drawing Annual and in the curated registry of The Drawing Center. Heifetz holds an undergraduate degree from Harvard and a graduate degree from NYU, neither of them in art.

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  • Condition
    Excellent.
  • Dimensions

    H 13 in. x W 17 in.

    H 33.02 cm x W 43.18 cm

  • Gallery location
    Brooklyn, NY
  • Reference number
    LU17221941823

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