Andrea Joyce Heimer’s art ‘keeps you questioning’

Abby Lynes for the Missoulian

Andrea Joyce Heimer’s work asks you to remember a skill often forgotten in the hubbub of adult life.

“As a kid, we whiled away days and didn’t think anything of it,” she said.

Heimer’s exhibit “Pastime,” on display at the Missoula Art Museum, explores seemingly mundane childhood and adolescent experiences. As life went on hold at the beginning of the pandemic, she found herself wondering “what we were doing when we weren’t doing anything.”

Much of Heimer’s work centers around everyday experiences she had growing up in Great Falls, like flipping a coin into a fountain or shoplifting from the mall. Each of her long titles reads like a diary entry, she said, and her work has allowed her to process some of the loneliness and isolation she felt growing up as the child of a closed adoption in a rural state.

While Heimer’s work explores the mundane as a theme, her style is anything but. Her paintings feature vivid, matte colors with exaggerated, angular and lively figures in often action-packed scenes.

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