ocal multi-media artist Heather Crank has dreams—deep dreams that wake her up and shake her imagination. Crank brings her dreams to life through photography, painting and video. Her work has captured a certain type of magic that entices people to ask for more. She connects the subconscious with the conscious fluidly and dares to show the darkness and beauty of life hand-in-hand.
One particular dream—of being underwater—has come to life in a series of photographs. Recently she decided to transfer one of them into a painting for The High Desert Mural Festival."I
realized one day that my neighbors had a pool and I thought, "Why don't I use that?" So she got an underwater camera and friend willing to pose for her and began to capture the dream. "Once I created these photos, the dream stopped." The series of work can be found on her personal Instagram page and the mural is on display outside Cosmic Depot until next spring.
Crank grew up in Bend and has spent time in Seattle and Denver before moving back to her hometown in 2015. She is one part of Crahmanti, a local design and branding agency she started with her husband, local artist Greg Ahmanti. When not photographing and painting, Crank can be found creating animation for various entities, including the Bend Design conference. One of her animation pieces will be included in SUPERNOVA, an outdoor animation festival in Denver at the end of this month.
Keep an eye out for Crank's work in the next few months, as she has many upcoming projects popping up in the Bend community. In the meantime, you can follow her dreams on social media and allow her visual stories to capture your imagination.
Mural at Cosmic Depot
342 NE Clay Ave, Bend541-385-7478
High Desert Mural Festival
Bend Makers District
Midtown Art Alley
Elk Meadow Elementary Art Wall