Friday, March 30, 2007

NIGHT GARDEN REVIEW

I am closing out the month of March with a review of the Night Garden paintings.
Here are the set of 7:















All of the Night Garden paintings (1-7) above are by
Amy E. Fraser
Mixed Media Paintings (Acrylic Glaze over Pen and Ink) on 18” x 24” 140#, Acid Free, Archival Watercolor Paper.

Overall, I *like* these pieces, but I’m not feeling as though I learned anything new or accomplished something of great significance. In general, I feel that these paintings are fairly safe and predictably *Amyesque*. While I strongly feel that I haven’t exhausted all the possibilities within the Night Garden theme (because I still have tons of ideas and inspiration), I am questioning their relevance in the grand scheme of things, primarily within the Botanical Bioforms concept. This subseries is not at all what I was originally envisioning. So, as a result, I am not sure that I should (or want to) continue along this path (especially at the time investment of 40 hours a painting). Obviously I feel I have wavered a bit from the Botanical Bioforms main premise, and while that is not necessarily a bad thing, I do feel driven/obligated to flesh out the original Botanical Bioform concept before I can continue along in the direction that the Night Garden seems to be heading. Mostly I feel the need to make myself try something a bit more edgy and abstract to push myself out of my comfort zone in an attempt to learn and grow as an artist. So for now I plan to remove myself from this project for a few weeks and get caught up on the life stuff I’ve been neglecting in order to scrounge up time to paint. Hopefully I can return to the Botanical Bioforms concept with a renewed perspective. I’ll keep you posted and try to keep you entertained and inspired with various whatnots in the interim.

Stay tuned! :)

Monday, March 26, 2007

BOTANICAL BIOFORMS: Night Garden 7

Here is a photograph of the seventh painting from the [Botanical Bioforms] Night Garden Subseries:



“Night Garden 7”

By Amy E. Fraser
Mixed Media Painting (Acrylic Glaze over Pen and Ink) on 18” x 24” 140#, Acid Free, Archival Watercolor Paper.

Botanical Inspiration: Salvador Dali

Salvador Dali’s Botanical Surrealism:











Click here to learn more about Salvador Dali

Click here to learn more about Amy E. Fraser’s series in progress: Botanical Bioforms

Friday, March 23, 2007

Artist Biography

Born in Lebanon, NH, 1973, Amy E. Fraser came into this world knowing she was an artist. Before she could talk or walk she was creating art. Her entire childhood is chronicled by which drawing, painting, sculpture, sewing or photography project she was working on at the time. While she briefly entertained fantasies about becoming a ballerina, a veterinarian and a super model, there was never any real question about her true identity and destiny as an artist.

At age 14, Amy enrolled in her first college level art course at Vermont Community College. In high school, she consumed every available art class, from drafting to photography and everything in-between, including turning all of her *serious* classes into opportunities for more art. Also, enrolling in various summer art courses through out the Upper Valley, with a temporary focus on interior design, she expanded upon her high school art education. However, she soon discovered the amount of math involved in interior design and quickly changed her career focus. After graduating from Lebanon High School in 1991, she spent a summer in New York City attending Parsons School of Design, then took the following year off to work and continued on to Parsons where she obtained her Batchelor Degree in Fine Arts in 1997. After which, Amy returned home to NH to obtain her Masters Degree in Liberal Studies from Dartmouth College in 2000.

Since graduating from Dartmouth, Amy E. Fraser has had a number of solo exhibitions, including: “CONFRONTING FEMININITY” at Gallery Alexie, in NYC in 2001, “CELEBRATING WOMANHOOD,” at Dartmouth Hitchcock’s Women’s Health Resource Center in Lebanon, NH, in 2003. She is currently exhibiting “THE FLORAL COLLECTION 2006” at The Ranch in Lebanon, NH, 2006-7, “THE WILDFLOWER COLLECTION” at The Razzberry Kiss in Hanover, NH, 2006-7. Amy has also participated in a number of group exhibitions: Artists Space, NYC, 2006, NURTUREart Gallery, NYC, 2006, GoggleWorks Gallery, Reading, PA 2006, Artists Space, NYC, 2005, AVA, Lebanon, NH, 2005, N.A.W.A. Fifth Avenue Gallery, NYC, 2005, Artists Space, NYC, 2004, AVA, Lebanon, NH, 2004, Philip Read Memorial Library, Plainfield, NH, 2004, 88 Greenwich Gallery, NYC, 2004, Hiestand Gallery at Miami University, Oxford, OH, 2003, Artists Space, NYC, 2003, AVA, Lebanon, NH, 2003, N.A.W.A. Fifth Avenue Gallery, NYC, 2003, NURTUREart Gallery, NYC, 2003, Artists Space, NYC, 2002, AVA, Lebanon, NH, 2002, The Banana Factory, Bethlehem, PA, 2002 and Parsons Gallery, NYC, 1997.

Amy E. Fraser’s work is currently represented by NURTUREart Gallery in NYC, Artists Space Gallery in NYC, the N.A.W.A. Fifth Avenue Gallery in NYC and was previously represented by Gallery Alexie, Stephen Gang Galleries, Inc in NYC. She is an elected artist member of The National Association Of Women Artists, Inc. in NYC as well as an artist member of The National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. Amy received the Beatrice Jackson Memorial Award in 2004 and was awarded the Alumni Council of the Master of Arts and Liberal Studies Program Grant by Dartmouth College in 2000. Amy’s award winning painting “Expectations” was archived at the Smithsonian, Archives of American Art in Washington, D.C. in 2005. Portfolios of her work have been preserved in The National Museum Of Women In The Arts in Washington, D.C. and MAKE, The Organization For Women In The Arts in London, England, available for public viewing since 2002. Amy’s art and writing has been published in “Spiral Dance News, Unfolding The Femi9 Woman” in 2004, “Her Living Mosaic” in 2003, The MALS Quarterly (Dartmouth College) in 2001, and in her Dartmouth College Thesis entitled “Dissecting The Western Woman Artist: An Artist’s Dialogue” in 2000.

Amy E. Fraser is married to her childhood sweetheart, Jody, and the proud mother of a very wild 3 ½ year-old son, Caden. She and her husband recently built their home on a beautiful mountainside in Meriden (Plainfield) NH, where, before even unpacking, her first act of nesting was to plant an enormous wildflower meadow. Moving back to the country has rekindled Amy’s interest in floral/botanical painting. Especially now that the view from her light filled studio is of a long meandering stone path in the meadow, with a stunning backdrop of Mount Ascutney. Amy’s artwork expresses her passion for flowers, nature and life through color. The paintings are full of movement, pattern, and design. Her sources of inspiration are endless and diverse, including everything from art history, nature, fashion, and photography, to textile design, resulting in images that are uniquely her own. Amy creates art that is emotional, colorful and individual.

Womb Sculpture

In the spirit if sharing some more of my *old* work I thought I would present a sculpture I completed in 1992 (this was for a class assignment my freshman year at Parsons School of Design):



This sculpture is entitled “Womb”. The materials for this piece are translucent acrylic bowls and clear Lucite balls purchased in a plastic supply shop in China Town, NYC. The light source is a string of white Christmas tree lights placed in individual settings cut into one of the central balls. The entire piece was fused together with plastic cement. 15” W x 18” H. This photograph of Womb was taken in 2004. Womb is currently in storage.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

BOTANICAL BIOFORMS: Night Garden 6

Here is a photograph of the sixth painting from the [Botanical Bioforms] Night Garden Subseries:



“Night Garden 6”

By Amy E. Fraser
Mixed Media Painting (Acrylic Glaze over Pen and Ink) on 18” x 24” 140#, Acid Free, Archival Watercolor Paper.

Botanical Inspiration: Emil Nolde

Emil Nolde’s Floral Paintings:









Click here to learn more about Emil Nolde


Click here to learn more about Amy E. Fraser’s series in progress: Botanical Bioforms

Botanical Inspiration: Joan Miro

Joan Miro’s Botanical Surrealism













Click here to learn more about Joan Miro

Click here to learn more about Amy E. Fraser’s series in progress: Botanical Bioforms

Monday, March 19, 2007

BOTANICAL BIOFORMS: Night Garden 5

Here is a photograph of the fifth painting from the [Botanical Bioforms] Night Garden Subseries:



“Night Garden 5”

By Amy E. Fraser
Mixed Media Painting (Acrylic Glaze over Pen and Ink) on 18” x 24” 140#, Acid Free, Archival Watercolor Paper.

Botanical Inspiration: Rene Magritte

Rene Magritte’s Surreal Botanicals:









Click here to learn more about Rene Magritte


Click here to learn more about Amy E. Fraser’s series in progress: Botanical Bioforms

Sunday, March 18, 2007

New Medallions at Razzberry Kiss!

I am very excited to announce that there is a new huge selection of Exalted Beauty Medallions now available at The Razzberry Kiss!



The Razzberry Kiss is the *exclusive* representative for Exalted Beauty Medallions in Hanover, NH. And they are also exhibiting some of my recent paintings!

The Razzberry Kiss is an amazingly beautiful boutique located on Olde Nugget Alley in Hanover New Hampshire, owned by the fabulous and exuberant Elizabeth Gil De Rubio. You just HAVE to stop by this mouthwatering store! They are open 10-6 Tuesday thru Saturday and 11-5 on Sundays. You can’t miss the eye popping raspberry colored storefront with its striking logo; it reflects Elizabeth’s fun personality and sophisticated sense of style! The Razzberry Kiss is more then a boutique, it is an experience! You will not believe the delectable discoveries within! Baubles and beads, parties, lessons, and so much more! A visit to The Razzberry Kiss is something you will truly enjoy!

Friday, March 16, 2007

BOTANICAL BIOFORMS: Night Garden 4

Here is a photograph of the fourth painting from the [Botanical Bioforms] Night Garden Subseries:



“Night Garden 4”

By Amy E. Fraser
Mixed Media Painting (Acrylic Glaze over Pen and Ink) on 18” x 24” 140#, Acid Free, Archival Watercolor Paper.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Cat Sculpture

Some of you have expressed an interest in seeing more of my *old* work so today I thought I would share a sculpture I made in 1999.







This sculpture is made from air dry clay, with out armatures, covered in heavy layers of copper automotive paint and industrial strength varnish. 24" H x 8" W x 24" L.This piece is the third version on a similar theme inspired by my very devilish cat “Mr. Kitty” (1991-2005). If you didn’t know my cat personally, then trust that this sculpture was a fairly accurate depiction of his form and personality.

Side Note: Mr. Kitty destroyed the first two versions of this sculpture.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

BOTANICAL BIOFORMS: Night Garden 3

Here is a photograph of the third painting from the [Botanical Bioforms] Night Garden Subseries:



“Night Garden 3”

By Amy E. Fraser
Mixed Media Painting (Acrylic Glaze over Pen and Ink) on 18” x 24” 140#, Acid Free, Archival Watercolor Paper.

Monday, March 12, 2007

Collaboration With Miachelle!

I am very excited to announce that I will be doing a collaborative piece with jewelry designer Miachelle DePiano of Cosmopolitan Accessories!

Miachelle is also
AFF/Labelhorde's 2006 Platinum Stitch Accessory Designer of the Year! To learn more about this fabulous jewelry artist please visit her site: Cosmopolitan Accessories. And check out her great Blog: Jewelryzine

Miachelle chose to work with the Exalted Beauty
Botanical Medallion [EBBOTM 48]:



This Botanical Medallion was inspired by the puffy seed head from the Botanical Bioform
Building Block Drawing shown below:



And this image was also the inspiration for my recent *Night Garden 2* painting!



Interesting timing, don’t you think? :)
I’m really looking forward to seeing what she comes up with!
I’ll keep you posted!