Lines and Patterns

Artist Heather Divoky on her "superdoodles," goals

The earliest memory HEATHER DIVOKY has is of her drawing her dad’s 1964 Ford Falcon convertible at the beach with him.

Divoky is a Wilmington artist who works primarily with marker, ink, wire, and stained glass.

She graduated from Appalachian State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in art history and then went on to get a master’s degree in arts and culture from Leiden University in the Netherlands.

“I think I always had a natural affinity for art in general – whether that’s making it or studying it,” Divoky says. “Art evokes something in me that I really haven’t found in anything else, and I can’t remember not sharing that sentiment for it in my life.”

Her art is characterized by what she calls “superdoodling,” filling the space with intricate patterns and lines to create the big picture.

In 2012, she started Heather Divoky Art and Design, where she is head of design and art projects.

Her art can be found on Instagram @ohnoheatherjo, her website and she locally exhibits her art frequently.

WILMA: How would you describe your artistic style?

Divoky: “Developing! I recently picked up acrylic again for the first time in years. My last show at the Leland Cultural Arts Center used a lot of recycled material, something I am definitely interested in pursuing more. My typical style, however, is intense burst of colors with dramatic details drawn from history. I call it ‘superdoodling’!”

WILMA: What project/art/skills are you currently working on?

Divoky: “Currently, I’m working on a tarot deck using my superdoodle style. There are 78 cards to a deck…I’m on number 6. I’m also working on a large-format series delving into my personal anxieties surrounding climate change and how I see my world-changing from its effects. There is a lot of research that goes into both, but I’m really enjoying working on them – art is therapy!”

WILMA: Your piece “Fun Fact: There’s a Cadillac in the Cape Fear” (below) was selected for the cover of the Greater Wilmington Business Journal’s 2020 Book on Business, what inspired you to create it?

Divoky: “One of the wacky and weird tales from Wilmington’s history. In this case, there really is a Cadillac in the Cape Fear – in the late ’70s, one of the bridge tenders didn’t see a man start to drive his car over the bridge. The man made it out fine, but the car went straight to the fishes. It was such a funny occurrence and at the time I had never tried my hand at a cityscape, so I thought, why not Wilmington? It was around the Azalea Festival too, which totally inspired the azalea border!”

WILMA: You work with marker, ink, wire, and stained glass, what drew you to those mediums?

Divoky: “Marker and ink appeal to me for their saturation of color. I can also get painstakingly small with those tools. Wire is so magical; you can bend it any which way to really create some interesting things. I’m currently combining all three and making lovely illustrated flower crowns for brides. Stain glass is a whole other world – again, I love the color, but that extra element of light really appeals to me.”

WILMA: What are some of your goals as an artist?

Divoky: “I think my biggest goal is to really convey information in a meaningful way. To leave an impression on the viewer. Form is important to me – I love beautiful things – but giving that form something to really say is more important to me at this point in my career. I do a lot of research in my work; I read a lot and write often. More than someone saying, ‘This is beautiful,’ I want someone to see the things I’ve learned in the process of this research and learn something for themselves.”

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