Amy Van Winkle
In Amy’s work there’s a distinct relationship between the layers of the paintings and her own life experiences. Revealing these bits of history when necessary and keeping certain memories hidden and private. Amy loves building the layers of surface and color not knowing if they’ll emerge in later manipulations or be sealed in the history of the painting.
The works become a dialog of layers, with transparent and opaque details. Built up then selectively scraped, incised and scared creating a visible and archival history. There’s always an element of surprise when Amy’s scraper or torch hits the surface. This plays perfectly on the conflicting need for control and spontaneity at the same time. The surfaces Amy create look delicate, yet have endured a history of scraping and/or heating. Amy’s paintings are a visual representation and diary of her own journey and explorations.
For Amy the art making process is simple; she creates art because it makes her happy. She tries not to overthink the process of painting letting her intuition be her guide. Amy’s work utilizes different mediums, including encaustic and oil. Her influences include Gerhard Richter, Mark Rothko and Richard Diebenkorn. Along with other artist’s influences, she recognizes the role of personal experiences in shaping her work. Although she creates quite spontaneously, there’s always a hint of structure and control to her paintings.