Coping Mechanisms

Solo exhibition by Heather Leier

Through the consideration of traumatic experience as unrelenting, Leier presents Coping Mechanisms, an exhibition that draws the eye both downward and toward.

One may find themselves looking down, embodying a mechanism unconsciously practiced to avoid confrontation. Another may find themselves moving toward jubilant embellishments only discover they exist as a veil across something adverse.

By pairing internal utterances with celebratory sprinkles, Leier explores the ways in which she copes and endures with traumatic experience. She poses dichotomies of protection and vulnerability, openness and closure as well as internal struggles and outward projections of joy in order to create a complex viewing experience akin to her own of negotiating the uncertain world around her. She asks what goes unnoticed and unattended to when we are merely coping and she presents the opportunity for viewers to consider their own coping mechanisms and methods of endurance.



Heather Leier received an MFA in Printmaking from the University of Alberta in 2016. Since then she has had solo exhibitions at the Ottawa School of Art (Ottawa), The Lake Country Public Art Gallery (Lake Country), Martha Street Studio (Winnipeg) and The Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art (Kelowna). Her research focuses on her embodied experience negotiating perceived life-phases while enduring with trauma, contemporary implementations of print media, and social art making practices. She recently relocated back to Alberta where she is an artist and Assistant Professor in The Department of Art at the University of Calgary.


Opening Reception: Friday, March 22, 7-9 pm.
with an Artist’s Talk at 6 pm at SNAP Printshop

Free Admission

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March 22, 2019 - April 27, 2019