This is the ninth post in a series to introduce the participating printmakers and their collaborators for the 2016 edition of the Intersecting Methods Portfolio. Every two weeks, into mid-December, a new profile of a collaborative pair will be posted. This segment profiles Heather Parrish and her collaborator, Elizabeth Henaff.
Heather Parrish is currently an instructor and facility coordinator in Printmaking at the University of Notre Dame. She has exhibited artwork, given lectures, and taught workshops in the United States and abroad. Through video projection, installation, printmaking, experimental photography and animations, she explores the porous nature of boundaries. Prior to Notre Dame, she worked as a professional collaborating printer at Flatbed Press in Austin, Texas, and was a mentor at The Contemporary Austin. She received her BA in Kinesiology from the University of Texas at Austin, and a MFA in Printmaking from the University of Notre Dame.
Elizabeth Hénaff was born of French/American parents in Austin in 1981, grew up in France, and has since lived in the US, Japan and Spain. She received a BS in Computer Science, an MS in Plant Biology (both from UT Austin) and a PhD in Bioinformatics from the University of Barcelona. The impetus behind her research is a fascination with the way living beings interact with their environment. She has made contributions to understanding how plants respond to the force of gravity, how genome structure changes in response to stress, and most recently has turned her attention to microbiomes, the invisible microbial component of our environment. Her interests in biological interactions and beautiful Big Data visualizations have inspired her to create interactive installations. She has collaborated with artists and musicians in Barcelona, Paris and New York designing custom interactive visuals for their events. She currently lives in Brooklyn and works at the Weill Cornell Medical College.
Please see elizabeth-henaff.net for more projects.