Heide Fasnacht

The exhibition will feature segments of Heide Fasnacht’s Suspect Terrain, (2015- Socrates Sculpture Park), which details the creation and aftermath of a sinkhole.

“Manmade is most likely the accident that Suspect Terrain evokes, in a quiet tension that tricks the eye as well as the foot. The light structure of the work sits like a broken eggshell, erected and apparently held together by the sinking house that, drawing it into an illusory depth, keeps it from shattering down on the ground. Too big to be a doll’s house and too small to be used in any way by humans, the house at the center of this puzzle remains impenetrable, even the openings in its surfaces only suggested by an optical black and white. Is this midsize house really sinking?”

Teresa Stoppani, Suspended Time (2015)

“Suspect Terrain intentionally does not dig into the ground, even if it may look as if it were sinking. It is not a hole. It sits lightly on the ground, its pull into a possible depth entirely illusory, a graphic artifice on a safe flat platform. Yet, the tensioned relations that are intrinsic to the piece are doubled by its precarious and ambiguous relationship with the terrain.”

Stoppani, 2015.

Interview with artist Heide Fasnacht on her interpretation of a sinkhole, Suspect Terrain


Heide Fasnacht has shown an abiding interest in states of instability. These concepts have been explored through drawings, large-scale sculptures, photo-based work, and prints. The aftereffects of historical occurrences (iconoclasm), risk economics (implosions) and geological processes (earthquakes & implosions) are revealed in fracturing and damage.  Deforming and reforming reveals fissures: damage and contortions on the landscape, in culture, in the built environment. Fasnacht’s process reflects these shifting events in both content and process. Her works have most recently been on view at Preview Berlin, Qbox Gallery and Art Athina in Athens Greece, Kent Gallery, Socrates Sculpture Park, and the American Academy of Arts & Letters in NYC.

Since her first one-person show at P.S. 1 in 1979, Fasnacht has exhibited worldwide. She has been in exhibitions at MOMA, The Aldrich Museum for Contemporary Art, RAM Galerie, Rotterdam, Galeria Trama in Barcelona, The Worcester Art Museum and many others. She is in many permanent collections including: the MFA Boston, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University, The Walker Art Center and the Yale University Art Gallery. Fasnacht is also the recipient of numerous awards, including The Guggenheim Fellowship, several National Endowment for the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, The Gottlieb Foundation Grant, and two Pollock-Krasner Foundation Fellowships. She has taught at Harvard, Princeton, U Penn, UCLA, and others. Further visiting lectures include Yale, The Whitney Museum, RISD and VCU.