Fragility of Self

by Amy Oliver

Sleeping - wire and aluminium mesh

Sleeping – wire and aluminium mesh

As I turned... Print on canvas (close up of Beneath my Mask)

As I turned… Print on canvas (close up of Beneath my Mask)

Disjointed Fore - aluminium wire mesh

Disjointed Fore – aluminium wire mesh

Silence me - print on canvas (mannequin and masking tape)

Silence me – print on canvas (mannequin and masking tape)

Complete - wire and aluminium mesh

Complete – wire and aluminium mesh

Disjointed 3 - heavyweight paper, masking tape, ink and fire!

Disjointed 3 – heavyweight paper, masking tape, ink and fire!

Disjointed Too - aluminium mesh

Disjointed Too – aluminium mesh

Beneath my Mask - aluminium mesh

Beneath my Mask – aluminium mesh

 

Amy Oliver-Profile pic (June 2016)Artist: 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.

www.fragilityofself.co.uk

http://www.celesteprize.com/member/idu:88274/

https://www.instagram.com/fragilityofself/?hl=en

https://www.facebook.com/amy.oliver.3950

 

Current & Upcoming Exhibitions | Shows:

11 – 14 August 2016

Blair Zaye Presents ‘Exposed’Ben Oakley Gallery, Greenwich, London (showing ‘Complete‘)

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

Artiki Eventi | Breakfast in Beirut, Treviso, Italy (showing ‘Beneath my Mask‘)

 

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8 Comments on “Fragility of Self”

  1. August 12, 2016 at 12:24 am #

    magnifico ! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • Amy Oliver
      August 12, 2016 at 6:22 pm #

      Thank you so much ☺️

      Liked by 1 person

  2. August 12, 2016 at 2:32 am #

    Your work is very nice and I enjoyed reading your bio – you seem born to be an artist and glad you took that class – also – I have not seen mesh aluminum art like this – cool stuff’

    Liked by 1 person

    • Amy Oliver
      August 12, 2016 at 6:29 pm #

      Thank you so much for your comment and feedback, really appreciated, especially when I’m still finding my feet. I love messing with the mesh, it’s such a tactile material x

      Liked by 2 people

  3. August 12, 2016 at 8:08 am #

    Beautiful, beautiful work.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Amy Oliver
      August 12, 2016 at 6:31 pm #

      Thank you so much, it’s really lovely of you to comment ☺️

      Liked by 1 person

  4. Fighting Reality
    August 12, 2016 at 11:03 pm #

    Your work is beautiful and powerful. Keep on learning. I’m also starting my creative path later in the game, so am inspired by your journey.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Amy Oliver
      August 13, 2016 at 2:48 am #

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment. I feel very humbled to be the source of any inspiration – please, please keep going with your work. I think there is an advantage in starting later – i.e. life experience! I wish you every success with your art. X

      Liked by 2 people

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