Adrift

by Amy Casey

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Artist Statement

I've been working on an evolving series of cityscapes which reflect my view of the world as a changeable nervous construction. Using real places and elements of the landscape as sort of building blocks, I've been building and rebuilding my own cities in painstaking, almost meditative detail, tinkering with them as I try to make sense of the world. 

Lately—in these strange and exhausting days, I’ve been thinking a lot about uncertainty. In my recent paintings, that uncertainty and the idea of feeling or being lost is a new focus for me. A profound lostness which could be the unsettling experience of finding yourself in a world turning alien around you, or more optimistically, a lostness that could lead to a hopeful escape to a new world. These paintings show a desire to escape into nature which unfortunately seems to be on a shakier ground than ever, with the threat of the changing climate. For better or worse, buildings are breaking free from the superstructures of previous paintings. Though I hope for the best, my paintings frequently express my anxiety for society and our world.

Why We Love It

Buildings like these may be a recurring theme in Casey's work, but in Adrift they break free from the superstructures of previous paintings, an unprecedented unhinging. This edition is an extension of her exploration of the unsettling sensation of finding yourself in the unknown, in a world you don’t recognize or can’t comprehend. So much of the visible plane is camouflaged by ocean—a search for stability in a landscape with no land. How do we stay afloat in a world that’s awash with change? ... Read more on the blog!

Amy Casey

Amy Casey has exhibited her paintings nationally with solo shows in Cleveland, Chicago, San Francisco, Provincetown, New York City, Los Angeles and Homer, Alaska. She also makes etchings, primarily at Zygote Press in Cleveland. She has been awarded two Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Awards, the Cleveland Arts Prize and a grant through CPAC's Creative Workforce Fellowship program. Represented by Zg Gallery in Chicago, and Michael Foley in New York, Casey resides in a crooked little blue house in Cleveland where she is a full time artist and a part time cat hugger.
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