Approved: 23.05.2009

Amy Sterly

Community worker, Teacher, Writer

Approved: 23.05.2009

My work is concerned with the forms that make up our modern landscape: the building, tower, skyscraper. The forms in which we live, work, love, communicate. They define who we are. We communicate through them. They have a relationship to us and the landscape. I have created a series of tower forms which relate to each other as figures. Given legs, they are anthropomorphised to reflect a range of ideas

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      My work is concerned with the forms that make up our modern landscape: the building, tower, skyscraper. The forms in which we live, work, love, communicate. They define who we are. We communicate through them. They have a relationship to us and the landscape. I have created a series of tower forms which relate to each other as figures. Given legs, they are anthropomorphised to reflect a range of ideas and emotions. I try to combine opposing forms, creating a tension between the industrial and the organic, the playful and the menacing, the object and the non-object. Do abstract visual symbols communicate universally if given no obvious narrative? How much do we use our personal experience to create stories and emotions when we are given no context for the images? These are some of the questions I am exploring in my work now. I use drypoint medium on card or plastic sheeting because I like the immediacy of the line and the ease of direct expression. I use them as quick sketches for sculptures, and the print technique gives them a gravity that make my ideas more concrete. I frequently use collage or letterpress lettering as well in my work. Originally from Chicago, I moved to the UK in 1989, where I have exhibited widely throughout the UK, Europe and the USA as a printmaker and sculptor. From 'Skyscraper' by Carl Sandburg: I loom in the smoke And the stars And have a soul

      CV & Education

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      DEGREE
           1986   Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree, Rockford College, Rockford, IL, USA
      AWARDS
           2015   Arts Council Wales Large Production Grant for Sound Book Project
           2014   Arts Council Wales Research and Development Grant for ‘Sound Books’
           2013   Arts Council Wales Small Grant for ‘Together from Afar’ booklet and exhibition
           2012   Wales Arts International Travel Grant to travel to Finland to research and exhibit
           2009   ‘chance to create’ Project Grant to set up mobile print workshops in Powys
           2006   Arts Council Projects Grant - Researching Printmakers in Wales
      ONE PERSON SHOWS
           2016   ‘The Sound of Reading’, Oriel Mwldan, Cardigan
           2014   ‘Pointless Exclamations’ Gas Gallery, Aberystwyth
           2012   Screaming Chicken Gallery, Oswestry
           2008   Printmaker of the Month, Wrexham Art Gallery, Wrexham
      COMBINED SHOWS
           2014   ‘Tri’ Amy Sterly, Annabell Shelton and Sally Annett, Galleri 3B, Wrexham
           2013   ‘Together from Afar’ – Amy Sterly, Marja Bonada, Maija Helasvuo and Mika Karhu,       Oriel Wrexham, Wrexham
      2012 “Interior Landscapes – Amy Sterly and Marja Bonada”, Hyvinkaan Taidemuseo, Hyvinkaa, Finland
      SITE SPECIFIC INSTALLATIONS AND EVENTS
           2016   Sound Book Project, various venues, touring around the UK
           2015   Sound Book Project, book performance at Undegun, Wrexham and at 
            ‘Opening Up the Book @BankStreetArts, Sheffield
           2015   ‘Sound Books’, Sterly and Snell, Test Bed Space, Oriel Davies, Newtown
      2013 ‘Drawing on the Domestic’  Amy Sterly and Frances Carlile, The Sidney Nolan Trust, Presteigne
      2013   ‘RURAL’ sound, installation and performance, Market Gate, Oswestry
      SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
           2015   ‘House’, Oriel Davies, Newtown
           2015   ‘Tales We Tell’ UnDegUn, Wrexham
           2014   Y Lle Print Gwreiddiol, Bay Art Gallery, Cardiff
           2013   PRINT, Marburae Gallery, Macclesfield
           2013   Y Lle Celf, National Eisteddfod of Wales, Denbigh
           2012   “Our Fragile Heritage – at the Crossroads”, Mid Wales Arts Centre, Caersws
           2012   “Past, Present, Future” Oriel Wrecsam, Wrexham
           2012   “Home”, Memorial Gallery, Wrexham
           2012   BIMPE VII, Federation Gallery, Vancouver, Canada and touring
           2011   4 Artists, Old Beehive Bakery, Llanfair Caereinion
           2011   Littlest Print Exchange, Portland, Maine, USA
           2011   Wrexham Print International, Oriel Wrecsam, Wrexham
           2010   A4 International Contemporary Printmakers Competition, Penryn, Cornwall
           2010   21st Maximo Ramos Printmaking Award Exhibition, Spain
           2009   “Interventions 2009“, The Workhouse and surrounding town, Llanfyllin
           2009   7th British International Mini Print Exhibition, London Print Centre and touring
      PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
           National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth
      PUBLICATIONS
          Critical Mass:  Printmaking Beyond the Edge, Richard Noyce, A & C Black 2010