Thursday, March 24, 2011
Amy Sol and Lost Mail
A little note before I get to Amy. My fear regarding sending such valuable little things via mail was finally realized. I discovered that Israeli illustrator Asaf Hanuka's reply was lost by the U.S. Postal Service two months ago in the forwarding process from my old address. However, after much deliberation, I decided to go out on a limb and ask him to re-create it, which he's kindly agreed to do. Although I am still mourning the loss of the original (part of me wonders if there have been others lost), I've learned that things usually work out for the best. I am excited to see what he sends.
I have a great affection for Amy Sol's work. It probably stems from my love of wood in combination with my appreciation for pop-art that isn't made for shock value. Her works have a sort of gentle wholesome beauty that you can get lost in. Amy's art is distinguished by the fact that it's mostly painted on wood and, according to interviews, she says that the direction of the grain guides the motion within the work itself as well as her choice of paint colors, which are always velvety grays and pastels.
The subject matter is the same: girls and animals and flowers. So often this type of art is created by women because it represents a place within us created in childhood; a sort of Disney princess moment that we'll never see. To put it on a canvas makes it real and to do so over and over never gets tiring. To see it re-imagined by someone else only inspires us more.
Sent: Tell me three facts about yourself.