Jeff Heene was born in Hamilton and has a BFA 1999, in Interdisciplinary Fine Art from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. His focus at NSCAD was on Lithography and Photography. Jeff has worked as a web programmer and freelance graphic designer. For the past nine years Jeff has taught Lithography and Photography and is currently the Head of Visual Art at Bealart.
"For me, My Backyard infers all that is close at hand: the objects and people of my everyday.
Dark corners of the dining room hide the wrinkles in the baseboards that frame the window that allows the trickling sound of the pond in my backyard into the house. The unexpected and out of place encounters of objects I observe in my path cause me to consider my own position in space. The light of the day illuminates banal compositions of colourful parking standards against the beige of ubiquitous neighbourhood buildings. These are the elements of an experience; one that weaves together an understanding of myself as well as those around me and defines an infinitely nuanced grammar of interaction."
Though the photograph functions as a means to record these interactions they cannot offer any analysis. This disfunction is an opportunity to highlight how the record of an experience is contextualized by records previously encountered and results in an interpretation that is unique and special. By creating intentionally disorienting visual interactions of photographic images I hope to explore this disfunction, to weave together randomly encountered objects and scenes of someone that is looking to decipher his place in relation to all that is close at hand.