The story behind the art
In the fleeting moments between USWNT games and training, athlete and artist Tobin Heath, devoted herself to constructing and deconstructing what is now “Pixelation.” In a small studio in Portland, Oregon she began her process methodically building the canvas, painting four full paintings underneath what is now the final work. It’s both literally and symbolically a layering of thoughts about patterns, norms, binaries, and self-expression. Written in one layer in dripping blue paint: “I don’t understand but I want to”.
Remnants of each layer are visible. In its entirety, each square held within the piece becomes a cell, holding a unique and unrepeatable identity. It is both orderly and wild. An expression of the tension between expectations and individuality. With this work, Tobin provokes the beholder to consider: How can you express your individuality when you feel confined? How can you make change and remain within a system?