As an American artist who has lived in the UK for over twenty years, I use my dual outsider’s perspective to explore loss, disillusionment and the collective anxiety which is pervasive in both countries.
By creating unreal, dreamlike worlds in large format oil paintings I can question various aspects of power and control, including gender-based dominance and what is wild versus what is contained. Though rooted in the real world, the paintings are not entirely figurative with their bold colours, energetic brush marks and mash-ups of historical and cultural references. The abject is investigated via disjointed pictorial space, anthropomorphism and recently via short, deliberately awkward frame-based animations.
Against the backdrop of anxiety and increased socioeconomic and political polarisation, how can we find ways to embrace (rather than fear) lack of control and uncertainty? Rather than focusing on political opposites which result in a zero-sum mindset, the work explores and grounds itself in the experience of not-knowing and precariousness.
Following a career in consumer marketing and political fundraising, I am currently studying for a Master’s in Fine Art at Chelsea College of Arts (UAL). My work is held in private collections in Europe and the USA.
Amy Robson (b. Pittsburgh, PA)
Lives and works in London and Wiltshire
MA Fine Art Chelsea College of Art and Design, London, 2016 – to graduate Sept. 2018
MBA Darden Graduate School of Business Administration, University of Virginia, 1993-95
BA University of Virginia (History), 1986-90
Where It Is, 2018, Triangle Space, London
Bootcamp, 2018, Chelsea College, London
Please Yourself, 2017, MAFA Gallery, London
Nasty Women Chelsea, 2017, MAFA Gallery, London
Marlborough OS Summer Exhibitions, 2014-17, Mount House Gallery, Wiltshire
‘Grab ‘Em By the Pussy’, 2016, MAFA Gallery, London
Charlie Walker Memorial Trust Art Exhibition, 2016, Donnington Priory, Berkshire
Chase Art Exhibition, 2014, Royal College of Art, London
Upstart Art Summer Show, 2014, London
Nasty Women Chelsea, 2017, MAFA Gallery, London, (affiliated with Nasty Women US)