Amy Chan

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Medium: Painting, Mosaic, Glass, 2-D Design

Artist Statement

My paintings are fragments of nature multiplied into bizarre abstraction.  The richly layered surfaces take cues from historic pattern, protozoa, coral reefs and outer space.  The repeated iconic shapes bear an inscrutable relationship to real life objects but are never clearly identified.  I research historic color palettes and find satisfaction in the garish combinations that create a feeling of too much.  The energetic surfaces of my paintings are combined layers of gouache, acrylic, airbrush and screen print that come together in an evolving process.  My paintings draw from design history to invent their own stylized language of forms from nature.  This in conversation with exaggerated shapes and a joyously artificial color palette help to stage a darkly humorous view of the natural world.