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Amy Gross

Artist Statement Submitted 2019

My embroidered and beaded fiber sculptures merge together the natural world and my own inner life. They suggest not only what can be seen, but also what cannot: the early alterations of time, the first suggestions of disintegration. Like so much of Florida flora, my elements cluster, tangle, hybridize and multiply, adapting to the environments they are placed into. Yet, paradoxically, they’re the result of human control - completely unnatural. I never collaborate with the nature that fascinates me. I use no found objects, nothing that was ever alive. All are constructed from synthetic yarns and beads and wire and paper and fabric - still and silent fictions frozen in the midst of their suggested transformation. I know that my making these objects will not slow or stop the clock, but I need to hold things still, to try to have a say in a volatile, uncontrollable world of change.

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