Born and raised in Luxembourg, Europe, Heijnen is a Dutch national who moved to NYC in 1998, where she studied drawing and painting, while pursuing a career in fashion design. To her, the complexity of the sitter’s essence is a key point of fascination, and aims to be anti-decorative in her extraordinary confrontation with each sitter.
She explores the human form, not only visually, but as an energy center and a mind-state of possibility, depicting random and accidental occurances in the periphery– much like the Impressionists painting en plain air–blurring or dissolving the concreteness of forms.
Heijnen is interested in how our environment affects our interior experience and vice versa, how previous actions influence future ones or how a left side affects a right. Canvases are sometimes dyptiched, or tryptiched, one influenced by the other, in their conceptual as well as physical development, interrupted in their joint reality. Parts of one can be printed on the other.
The Artist received her MFA in painting from the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting, and Sculpture, and is the recipient of the Frederieke Sanders Taylor (FST) Studio Project Fund Grant (2019), a three-time recipient of The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant (2016, 2018, and 2019) and has exhibited at Revelation Gallery and Village Works in NYC.