About the Artist
Heidi Pitre created the series “A Permanent Record" using ink on reclaimed library cards, though she is best known for her large-scale originals in oils, and her custom oil portraits of beloved pets. Her work includes painterly aspects that blur the lines of realism with a dreamlike, sometimes bizarre quality, and she frequently includes "retro" visual concepts that conjure nostalgic ideas from a bygone era. From her small, finely detailed drawings, to large figurative paintings, she tends to find humor in most subjects, and likes for each piece to be, in her words, "just a little off. " Born and educated in New Orleans, Heidi is a full time artist who now divides her time between Denver, Austin, and Hattiesburg, MS. She has received recognition and awards from entities such as the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, and the Mississippi Arts Commission.
A Permanent Record is a series of pen and ink drawings on vintage library borrower cards from books that date back as far as 1927. These cards are pieces of ephemera, created only to perform a simple function. None were ever expected to retire from their first career and start a new life as a permanent guest on a collector's wall. Each card was selected by searching through stacks of thousands of forgotten books which had been cast aside. The card titles may call to mind times when we lived inside their worlds for a little while, rooted for their characters, or wished that we could be with them, or be them. The original typewritten information introduces each book, with names carefully signed in cursive which inspire thoughts of the historic public libraries and school reading rooms we once knew. A merging of art and literature, nostalgia and history, recycling and reusing. Each one is unique, with the drawing relating to symbolism from the book, or a play on words with the title. This project's intention is to open conversation between generations for discussions of the past, and hopefully create interests, introducing old titles to new readers.