With a keen interest in self-policing behaviors exhibited in Western Society, Heather Van Winckle researches how the rules that structure normal cultural behavior are (re)produced and re(de)fined in our daily lives. Her work is project-based, site-specific and interdisciplinary. She studied sculpture at the University of Windsor and the San Francisco Art Institute. She lives in Oakland, California where she practices art and runs a small business.
Who wants to go bowling at the mall??
While in residence, Heather constructed a plywood candlepin bowling lane where she could research public engagement in the “middletown” sport of bowling. The homemade alley was installed for 2 weeks inside a store front at the Muncie Mall. Each day, Heather held open bowling hours for the public, or had special bowling parties where passersby could bowl against each other for a cause. She also explored the process of degradation that occurred with an unfinished plywood bowling lane.