Oriel Davies Gallery
The Park, Newtown
Powys SY16 2NZ
Telephone: +44 (0) 1686 625041

Email: desk@orieldavies.org

 

THE GALLERY IS OPEN TUESDAY-SATURDAY

SHOP Tuesday-Saturday 11-4

CAFE Tuesday-Saturday 11-4

CAFE GALLERY: Melvyn Evans: Imprinting the Landscape

GALLERY 1: Our Isles: Celebrating the Art of Rural Living

Coming soon:

GALLERY 2: DAC ART PRIZE (November)


 

 

HOUSE Q&A: Amy Sterly

*How do the themes of house, home and domesticity manifest in your work? “My work is concerned with the forms that make up our modern landscape: a building, a house, a tower or skyscraper.  The forms in which we live, work, love, communicate.  They define who we are.  We communicate through them.  They have a relationship to us and the landscape.  

The houses shown in my work are taken from local rural scenes or from the property ads, with the titles directly taken from descriptions in the ad.  They seem to me to be cynical views of properties where they are used as commodities, and not as homes.  The cost of houses go up while the value of a home goes down. 

I also like to imply a narrative in the work, but with comic asides or exclamations taken from comics.  The words are out of context so it is up to the viewer to decide the stories within the images.  I love the different stories that people see.  Especially the children, who have no problem with the odd juxtaposition!”­­­­

*What do 'house’ and ‘home’ mean to you? “A home should be somewhere of safety and comfort.  A place to relax and raise a family.  A place to escape from the trials of the working day.” 

*What drew you to explore these themes in your work? “Being from Chicago, the vastness of the skyscrapers of the city always had an effect on me – it seemed that they had a life of their own, that man could not have built these giant edifices.  And yet they serve as shelters for hundreds of people, protect them from the chaos of the city.  When I moved to the UK, it took me a long time to assimilate the different landscape, and use the scenery in my work. Wales has a tradition of artists coming to paint and draw the quaint cottages and landscapes, and I wanted to use that, but subvert the rural idyll to explore what might be hiding behind the closed doors.  Create a new narrative for modern times.”

*What is your house like? “Cosy, small, homely.  A small country timber framed cottage, a Welsh rural idyll!”

*What are your creative inspirations? “The Finnish architect, Alvar Aalto, wrote:  

“buildings, like music, register and amplify the emotions of our times” 

This exemplifies my work.

“By night the skyscraper looms in the smoke and the stars

      and has a soul.”  

 from ‘Skyscraper’ by Carl Sandburg”

 

HOUSE is showing at Oriel Davies until 27 January 2016 and features work on the themes of home and domesticity by six artists.

To accompany the show, we are featuring an artist a week on social media with an exclusive Q&A about the work in their show.

To download each artist's Q&A please click the links below as they become available:

Frances Carlile

Ainsley Hillard

Jeanette Orrell

Charlotte Squire

Amy Sterly

Felicity Warbrick

 

Published 18 January 2016
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