by Amy Oliver
I have a particular interest in issues surrounding mental health, social and political conditions, and women’s rights and identity, and tend to theme my work around this subject matter. My intention is to create pieces that express vulnerability and instability but which also suggest the (often subconscious) core strength within, in an attempt to capture the fragility of self. In terms of the materials I use, I have an affinity with metals – more specifically aluminium due to its lightness, movement and energy. I enjoy responding to materials in unconventional ways and pushing their (and my) boundaries; and unearthing discarded, lost and forgotten items and using them to construct something else entirely, bringing a new dimension to their existence.
My work and style is ever evolving and I am on a constant learning curve. I didn’t start my creative journey until 2013 when I undertook a 10-week Figure & Portrait sculpture evening class at The Art Academy, London and this led me, at age 44, onto a part-time one year Certificate in Sculpture with the same school in 2014/15.
I am drawn to and inspired by the subjective work and language of artists such as Schiele, Dumas and Emin, together with a myriad of unknown/lesser known artists and have been lucky enough to connect with many via social media.
Current & Upcoming Exhibitions | Shows:
11 – 14 August 2016
15 – 29 October 2016
East Kent Open House weekends
Previous Exhibitions | Shows:
9 – 13 July 2015
The Art Academy Graduation Show, London
30 April – 19 June 2016