“For every piece of Mary Heilmann’s work—abstract paintings, ceramics, and furniture—there is a backstory. Imbued with recollections, stories spun from her imagination, and references to music, aesthetic influences, and dreams, her paintings are like meditations or icons. Her compositions are often hybrid spatial environments that juxtapose two- and three-dimensional renderings in a single frame, join several canvases into new works, or create diptychs of paintings and photographs in the form of prints, slideshows, and videos.”

This video is excerpted from the Season 5 episode “Fantasy,” which premiered on Wednesday, October 14, 2009.

More on Mary at: http://www.pbs.org/art21/artists/mary-heilmann/