"Phantom" consists of a sculpture of a body that is three-quarters life size, juxtaposed with a projected animation. Based on an antique drawing of an anatomical dissection, the body is made from various organic materials including plant stems and leaves, which have been treated with barium to emphasize their details. The projection, situated like a reflected image in front of him, shows the figure’s beating heart, winded lungs and coursing veins. The figure evokes a range of emotions—visitors may be haunted or endeared by his small and fragile frame. That he is composed of organic materials petrified and then brought to life again in the animation, is a sign of Heard’s compulsion to depict the human body as fragile, ephemeral and flawed, but ultimately merciful and full of grace.
– Text by Melissa Bennett, AGH Curator of Contemporary Art