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"Silenced" –  Joshua Heinsz

Joshua Heinsz

"Silenced" – Joshua Heinsz

$ 30.00
– Personal Narrative, Tales, and Memory–

Light Grey Art Lab 5th year anniversary exhibition

tobeyou is a special exhibition featuring 100 international illustrators, designers, and makers of all types. The exhibition celebrates individuals within the creative community, showcasing the beauty of personal narratives, stories, memory, and diversity. Each artist has created new work that emphasizes their practice, style, personality, and uniqueness through hand-pulled screen prints, framed original paintings, zines, small sculptures, photographs and more. 
tobeyou is on display March 3rd - April 15th, 2017.

You can view the gallery and archive of artwork here.


Joshua Heinsz

Giclee Print
12" x 18"

About this piece:

From as early as I can remember, I have been infatuated with the concept of mermaids. As many are, I am enraptured by the lore of their beauty, their ethereal voices, and their sometimes sinister nature. The story that has always captured me the most however is the original Little Mermaid from Hans Christian Andersen. Far from its commercial counterparts, the fairytale is dark and melancholic in nature. It is even suggested that the story was written in regards to Andersen’s own unrequited gay love, which has made it all the more powerful to me. The Little Mermaid has long been a metaphor in my work and writing for both my first gay relationship and my nearly lifelong struggle against a powerful eating disorder, which I’ve often related to the sea witch. As a teenager, I clung to the story as a life raft through both times of darkness and times of hope. With its rich tones of heartache, sacrifice, faith, and the many faces of love, it is the story that I can always go back to and find a new meaning and a never-ending well of inspiration.

About this artist:

Joshua is an author and illustrator focused primarily in Children's markets. He currently lives in Chicago with his little dog, Queen Margaery, where he splits his time between illustrating, teaching and instructing fitness classes in his spare time.


Purchasing Limited Edition Prints:
All prints are made per order on archival, premium matte paper with archival inks. Prints will be individually wrapped in a poly bag and shipped in a rigid cardboard tube within one week of your purchase.  For national orders, you can expect your purchased print(s) within 10 days of purchase, while international shipping will vary. **We are a small team and are only able to fill orders on Wednesdays and Fridays. As soon as your package has filled, you will receive an email confirmation and tracking number. There may be short processing period between packaging and shipping. We are not responsible for stolen, damaged, or unclaimed packages.  

Purchasing Originals:
If you purchase an original artwork from the exhibition, it will be carefully packaged and shipped after the closing of the exhibition. You will be notified when your package has shipped. We send all originals with tracking, insurance, and signature confirmation. 

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