Mercedes Planter

by Amy Park

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Artist Statement

 

The Weight of the Bridge and Mercedes Planter are representative of my studio practice and parts of my daily life. In the studio, I research architecture and watercolor. Outside of the studio, I am fortunate to live in the middle of New York City, with examples of historical architecture all around me. I am also able to frequently take trips to Wisconsin to be with my family and recuperate from city life. Mercedes Planter is from a day I spent with my dearest friends at a perennial farm outside of Milwaukee. We filled the trunk of an early 1970's Mercedes with plants; I had decided to buy succulents for my very modest backyard back in NYC. I carried them on the airplane in grocery bags. This painting is one of my favorites. It combines the structure of the car with the organic quality of the flowers; it is painted tightly and loosely. It is about the city and the country, and how I spend every day (no matter where I am) trying to bring a little bit of one to the other to balance my life.

 

Amy Park

 

Amy Park’s large scale watercolor paintings take Modernist architectural facades as their point of departure. Amy received a BFA in 1999 and an MFA in 2003 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and also studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Ox-Bow Summer Art School. She was a recipient of a Marie Walsh Sharpe Space Program Award in 2007-2008, and an Artist-In-Residence at the Serenbe Institute in 2012. Her work has been exhibited widely in the US, including Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York, NY; Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects, New York, NY, The Suburban (Oak Park, IL) at Project Row House, Houston, TX; The Poor Farm Experiment, Manawa, WI; and Kopeikin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. Her work is in the permanent collections of Fidelity Investments; The Cleveland Clinic; Deloitte and Touche USA; Microsoft Corporation; The College of DuPage; and Drawing Center’s Artist Archive at the Museum of Modern Art. She lives and works in Long Island City, NY with her partner, artist Paul Villinski and their 3-year-old son, Lark.

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