We had the good fortune of connecting with Silvina Hecker and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Silvina, can you tell us about a book that has had a meaningful impact on you?
I read Daily Rituals, How Artist Work by Mason Currey. I liked it because it related the creative rituals of various writers, painters, sculptors, and poets, among other disciplines, each with its own particular way of carrying out their creative work. This book helped me to think even more of how important it is for each of us to have our own routines. That which is useful for some of us might not be necessarily useful for others. Creative rituals are unique and personal, there are no universal rules that could serve everyone. As human beings we should enjoy and cheer our personal qualities that make each and one of us unique. In order to succeed and grow in our creative process, it is important to respect our own idiosyncrasy and use our strength to be successful in our task.
Please tell us more about your art. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally? Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
I work in mixed media and textiles with different formats creating singular abstract compositions. Through the use of color, forms, and textures the work appears to tell a story about mundane things. As someone that has lived in and traveled to many different countries, I have learned to adapt fast to new and changing environments. I am very proud of the path I have chosen, and no it has not been easy at all. This is mainly because every task presents new challenges. And this is something that is relatable to life in general. Just like life, my art is constantly changing and adapting. An artist has to be able to overcome many obstacles and continue on and persevere with their projects. Art teaches us to conquer obstacles and adapt and try new things and different approaches. To me that is what makes art beautiful. How it is relatable to life as a whole and how we can all approach the same problem in different ways to obtain the results we want. That is the true beauty of art. We will get far if we believe and love what we do and respect our own individual thinking. I want to share art with others simply because I find it to be the easiest way to connect with others. Being able to engage in a conversation with someone about what interests them about a particular work, what they think about it is a great way to make relationships with others.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week-long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc. in your view what are some of the most fun, interesting, exciting people, places or things to check out?
Get ready to see some Art ! The Menil Campus definitely is a must see in Houston, there you have the cozy Bistro Menil. On top of that the Museum of Fine Arts of Houston always has good exhibitions. Another great Museums I would take someone visiting Houston would be The Contemporary Art Museum of Houston and the Museum of Natural Science. Also James Turrell’s Skyspace at Rice University. To eat I would definitely head to Washington St. there you can find a few Restaurants you can enjoy. If you are looking for a great brunch spot, Hugo’s is fantastic. If you are looking for a beautiful place to walk by, I would recommend the Buffalo Bayou, where the Tolerance Art Exhibit Statues can be found. On top of that Dolce Vita has delicious pizza and Kata Robata’s sushi is spectacular.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
In my story I will say that I need to thank the Glassell School of Art, MFAH. When I moved to Houston almost 11 years ago, I enrolled at this school. There, I found a community of people that had something to share without even knowing each other or speaking the same language. My work as a Visual Artist grew in part because of those experiences and the connection with the Art Houston Community . So, yes, the Art Word was and still is the hinge point of union with the city that I live in.
Image #1 :To Love. 2020. Fabric, Paper, Threads. 7×7 inches Image #2 :To the Night. 2020. Fabric, Paper, Threads. 7×7 inches Image #3 :To the Sky, PM. 2020 . Fabric, Paper, Threads. 7×7 inches Image # 4: To the Sky, Noon . 2020. Fabric , paper, Thread. 7x 7 inches