Heide Fasnacht has shown an abiding interest in states of instability. These concepts have been explored through large scale drawings and 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.
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 in Rotterdam, Galeria Trama in Barcelona, The Worcester Art Museum, Preview Berlin, Qbox Gallery and Art Athina in Athens Greece, Kent Fine Art NYC, Socrates Sculpture Park, the American Academy of Arts & Letters in NYC, 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, The Dallas Museum of Art, the High Museum of Art, 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, Parsons, and others. Further visiting lectures include Yale, The Whitney Museum, RISD and VCU.