Heloisa Pomfret is inspired by the emotional brain. The physiology of the brain and the charting of mental states are used as inspiration and theoretical support to the imagery and constructs of her work.
Pomfret’s creative processes involves first the translation of the idea of emotional impulses to measurable representation, and then the subsequent translation of this scientific representation back to formal and abstract imagery.
The surfaces of her work are generated with a palimpsest process of erasure through scratches, where layers of paint are removed or erased, to expose the surface beneath.
The processes of erasure through scratches and mending with stitches are fundamental to her art, as these serve as an analogy to the body and memory, where experiences occur and are transformed. The irregular shapes and stitches of the paintings help create works that join painting, drawing and sculpture.