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Amy Weil
Medium: Painting and Mixed Media

Studio Location:
168 7th Street (2nd Floor)
Studio # 2L

Email: amy.weil22@gmail.com

Website:: www.amyweilpaintings.com

Artist Bio:
Amy Weil explores the space between what is revealed and what is concealed. The dynamic between these two opposing forces is inherent in her process. She repeatedly builds up layers of wax and other materials, and then selectively scrapes away the surface to reveal a rich, enigmatic history of imagery and color.
Weil plays with multiple dichotomies: line vs. texture, nuance vs. bold contrast, the geometric vs. organic. She states "The geometric and the organic are both integral to my idea of bridging lawlessness and order. The circles, ovals, graffiti and other organic shapes playfully engage the more rigid structure of the grid."
For Weil the repetitive layering and subtraction is meditative and intuitive. Although the resulting psychological and emotional resonance of this abstract work allows the viewer to project their own emotional experience onto the paintings, the artist has drawn a connection between the imagery of her work and her daily preoccupation with political issues, specifically the children separated from their parents at the southern border: the revealed and concealed truth, the bars and grids of prisons and containment, the fragility of innocence trapped, and the layers of history repeated, remembering her own distant relatives killed in Nazi concentration camps. "I have never considered myself a political painter but in the world we live in, I cannot ignore what is happening in front of us."
This summer, Weil participated in the Michael David Summer Residency, titled Frozen Gesture, a group installation in the Michael David gallery. Michael David states: "Amy Weil is a stone cold painter. Using a wide range of scales , encaustic and rope and collage elements- she pours her paintings creating a soft modeled edges ( called cup caking ) making gentle beautiful translucent paintings that reveal themselves with a whisper rather than a shout. After experiencing the initial beauty of the encaustic - listen closely to these beauties and the stories that imply deeply personal relationships- that reveal and conceal"
She has exhibited extensively in New York, Brooklyn and New England. Her work is in many private collections in the United States and Europe.

Artist Statement:
My constant search to find beauty and harmony in a chaotic world has always been a motivating factor in my work. Time is never still and entropy is a natural part of life. In my paintings, I create grids that have a certain order and structure through patterns, color and line, however it is the impulsive and intuitive part of me that needs to break this order down to reestablish the turmoil and discord that is inherent in nature.
The geometric and the organic are both integral to my idea of bridging lawlessness and order. The circles, ovals, graffiti and other organic shapes playfully engage the more rigid structure of the grid.

I often start a painting with a feeling about a memory of a place or object; for instance the light on my grandmothers peeling wallpaper, for example. My original intention and chance will frequently collide during the process of creating a painting. I never know how the painting will look when it is finished and the end result is often a dance between my sense of order and my impulse to let go and explore.

The transparency of the wax creates a window into the history of my mark making. It is not a linear process but rather very circular. Using encaustic and collage allows me to explore this idea of order and disorder on a very visceral level. Building up layers of wax and incising, scraping and fusing pigmented wax allude to and reflect on the natural process of the natural world.




All images and text copyright Amy Weil