DC Artist Heidi Phelps Unveils New Mural
Feminist-inspired design on display at The Bird in Shaw
WASHINGTON, DC – DC-based artist Heidi Phelps recently unveiled a mural featured in The Bird, a new Eatwell DC restaurant that opened on October 31, 2016 in Shaw. The feminist-inspired black and white painting entitled “Bird Girl” is located in the restaurant’s lower level. Phelps was one of five muralists — and the only woman artist — commissioned for the series.
“I wanted to create a dream-like image” said Phelps. “When I was first approached about the project, the image of a woman with birds flying out of her hair immediately came to mind, with a nod to Edgar Allan Poe's "Lenore" in The Raven, Tippi Hedren in Hitchcock's “The Birds,” and even Little Edie Beale in ‘Grey Gardens.’ The mural’s undercurrent of fear and darkness is contrasted with lighthearted quirky touches. The symbolic dichotomy works well with the stark black and white contrast of the mural itself.”
Prior to this mural Phelps hosted successful art shows at Tryst in Adams Morgan and at Logan Tavern. Phelps was also recently profiled by D.C.’s Brightest Young Things for Women’s History Month.
Phelps is an artist and illustrator from Washington, DC by way of Providence, Rhode Island. She started Wayward Broad Studio as a one-woman renegade art project in Adams Morgan, and enjoys the process of giving shape and form to ideas through images and conveying multiple messages through visual art. Her diverse list of artistic influences include Mexican Day of the Dead iconography, Victorian-era mourning costumes, vintage early to mid-century sewing patterns, Grimm’s fairy tales, Salvador Dali’s Alice in Wonderland sketches, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Frida Kahlo.