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Amy Pleasant

Artist Statement Submitted 2019

My work includes painting, drawing, and ceramic sculpture, all exploring the body and language through repetition. Adopting the structure of a diagram or list, I explore the fragmented figure as sign or symbol. With a limited palette and an economy of line, I draw images like writing a letter, documenting essential, universal motions and human behaviors.

Working on small pieces of paper with ink or gouache and brush, I draw and redraw an image until I find the gesture I am looking for. This repetitive process creates an image bank, which in turn informs the larger works on paper, paintings, and ceramics. This stream of consciousness approach to drawing allows a freedom in the evolution of the image and I am interested in how this creates a visual language over time, like an alphabet.

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