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The Artist


Painter, sculptor, fiber and installation artist
Reluctant cat person
CLT, NC

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The Artist


Painter, sculptor, fiber and installation artist
Reluctant cat person
CLT, NC

AmyPainting

AMY READER...

...is a painter, sculptor, fiber and installation artist currently living and working in Charlotte, NC. She graduated with a B.A. from the University of Richmond in May, 2015 where she also received the Capitol One Merit Award for Excellence in Studio Art. Her work draws inspiration from the organic shapes found in flowers and trees. 

In her free time, Amy runs half marathons and climbs rocks and trees (usually with proper safety gear). She also enjoys spending time with her six year old goldfish, Edgar Allan Poe. 

You can follow her day-to-day adventures on YouTube,  Instagram and Facebook! Requests for collaborations, commissions or general inquiries can be sent to reader.amy@gmail.com

To read her complete bio, click here

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Loop


A return to the unlearning - the series Loop is executed in self-taught fiber techniques.

Loop


A return to the unlearning - the series Loop is executed in self-taught fiber techniques.

Back to the beginning

Flowers, trees and other natural forms have always served as inspiration in Amy's work. In the series "Loop" she returned to those forms and applied a different lens - fiber. This series marks the beginning of her fiber work. 

In these sculptures, she explored the ways felt and thread could be used to mimic the stroke of a brush or line of a pencil. 

"I decided to start anew, to strip away what I had been taught"
-Georgia O'Keeffe

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Vlog


Take a peek inside the studio every Wednesday evening!

Vlog


Take a peek inside the studio every Wednesday evening!

The Vlog About The Art

Every week Amy talks about what paintings she is working on, or projects she has been developing and occasionally there are special guest stars like her friend Matthew or one of her pets! She covers everything art related from painting challenges, post-grad struggles, applying to shows and grad school, and anything in between! 

Subscribe to the channel to stay up to date with the latest happenings in the studio!

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#100womenproject


A collaborative fiber installation that engaged women from around the world.
Installed at the Temple of the Cosmic Mothership from May 1 - 9, 2015.

#100womenproject


A collaborative fiber installation that engaged women from around the world.
Installed at the Temple of the Cosmic Mothership from May 1 - 9, 2015.

A Little More Than 100...

The #100womenproject is a collaborative international art installation facilitated by Amy featuring crochet wisteria vines from over 500 women from 6 continents and 20+ countries. Submissions were accepted over a five week period and installed at The Temple of the Cosmic Mothership from May 1-9, 2015. Further details can be found on the official website www.100womencrochet.wordpress.com

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Flat Work


An exploration of two-dimensional techniques and pushing the circle to the limit. 

Flat Work


An exploration of two-dimensional techniques and pushing the circle to the limit. 

IT looks like a flower in a blender!

"Just when I think I have learned the way to life, live changes"
-Hugh Prather
Amy's most recent collection of paintings explores a different perspective on the flower. The forms are drawn from the rhythmic pattern created by flower petals. Additional details are drawn from plant cells viewed in microscope slides and the rings that form inside of a tree. 
Trees and flowers remain a prominent influence with a transition into forms that are further abstracted. The paintings were inspired by a series of line etchings found in this body of work.
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Zen


Individual napkins dyed with assorted teas assembled to create a site specific installation at The Temple of the Cosmic Mothership from May 1 - 9, 2015.

Zen


Individual napkins dyed with assorted teas assembled to create a site specific installation at The Temple of the Cosmic Mothership from May 1 - 9, 2015.

That's a lot of tea

Tea has served as a bookmark in my life. The bitter unsweet of the North marking my childhood, the shockingly sweet of the South denoting the farthest geographic move I have ever made, while the hot, crisp, Asian green teas remind me of my heritage.

Each napkin in this piece was hand dyed by individual bags of tea I selected for their color and taste. The tedious repetition of dyeing and attaching every napkin is calming as I find my own state of zen in each iteration.

 

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