I create art as a way to process the vicissitudes of life and to satisfy my curiosities.
I believe we all must endure a measure of bitterness in this life. Like the child who suffers pain when their first set of teeth cut through their gums, and suddenly can enjoy the wonders of new foods, we all feel pain as we grow and develop. My work examines these transitions as well as the subjects of anxiety, memory, and the female and child archetype.
From a very young age I have always had a playful interaction with material, creating art out of whatever I could find: drift wood, rocks, moss, and a nice coating of Elmer’s glue as a glaze. My grade school report cards often stated that I daydreamed too much – I’m afraid this is still the case.
Heidi Moller Somsen was born in Saskatchewan, and raised on the coast of British Columbia. She received a BFA in ceramics from Brigham Young University (1995) and an MFA in studio art from the University of Utah (2011). Somsen teaches at the University of Utah and heads up the ceramic program at the Visual Art Institute. She and her husband Shawn have three children.