So Much Was Lost

I am taking a walk and when I see something that speaks to me, it asks to be photographed. Slowing down, I take the time to notice and give my full attention. Revealing what is right in front of me, I transform ubiquitous subjects that are often overlooked.

Working as a detective in the urban environment, I have been amassing an archive of found, discarded latex gloves. These are not just trash, or visual remnants of the pandemic, but rather represent individuals. The gloves symbolize our loss – of life, of human connection, of freedom. Yet, they are not simply monuments to our pain, they are also a playful community. Greater than the sum of their parts, the gloves recognize power in numbers and our ability to creatively problem-solve the myriad issues at hand.


Victoria Mara Heilweil

Victoria Mara Heilweil is a feminist, lens-based artist and independent curator. She creates archives of the everyday to highlight and value ordinary human experience. Her artwork has been exhibited nationally, including the de Young Museum, San Jose Institute for Contemporary Art, Robert V. Fullerton Art Museum, University Art Gallery at California State Chico, and the Minneapolis Photo Center. Her photographs are included in collections at Cornell University, Center for Photography at Woodstock and CMPC/Sutter Health Van Ness Hospital in San Francisco. Heilweil holds a Masters of Fine Arts from California College of the Arts.

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