Amy Sterly Montgomeryshire, United Kingdom
Amy Sterly is originally from Chicago and received a B.F.A. in drawing and sculpture from Rockford College, Illinois in 1986. She moved to the U.K. in 1989 and has since exhibited throughout the UK, Europe and the USA. She is exploring ways of using domestic objects to make prints and installations. Collaborations and public interventions are an important aspect of her practice.
I have been creating woodcut prints for many years, and I originally visited Finland in 2012 where I visited Jyvaskyla to research the work of Alvar Aalto, the architecture, and the woodcarving tradition there. I explored the woodcarving tradition in Finland by looking at the folk art and the wooden domestic objects produced there. I began to carve and print using wooden rolling pins, cutting boards, spatulas and spoon. Making prints, but looking at the plate and a work in itself. The object becomes something else, a sculpture with a life of its’ own. I am currently looking at interpreting narratives by creating sounds and images through looking at everyday objects and how we interact with them. She has recently been working with books to create installations and performances with the group Sound Book Project. Sound Book Project is a group of collaborating artists and musicians using books as instruments. Interacting with books in a new and surprising way, suddenly the books will trigger sound by the turn of a page. The books speak for themselves. The books will be wound, sprung, strummed, slapped and thrown and a soundscape will evolve around the performers. The tactile nature of the book creates a sensual response that far surpasses reactions to the digital equivalents. It is emotional and aesthetic. Triggering memory and emotion… Crack the spine Strum the pages Play the fragments of memories. “I want my art to trigger emotion and memory and change the object into something that you may not expect.”
Projects and exhibitions
Sound Book Project
11/09/2015 — 06/07/2017
A performance of music made with books A group of artists and musicians experimenting with books and other objects to create a soundscape.
|Galleries, Libraries, Book Fairs, Around the UK and Ireland||Details|
07/03/2015 — 15/05/2015
In TestBed this Spring, Amy Sterly and Thom Snell premier their new work Sound Books born out of their recently formed collaboration. Books envelop every wall, covers open and their pages thrusting forward into the room. Animated by moving air, their presence becomes accentuated through a compelling rustle and flicker of paper.
|Oriel Davies, Newtown||Details|
Drawing the Domestic
17/08/2013 — 15/09/2013
A site Specific installation in sculpture and print - A collaboration between Frances Carlile and Amy Sterly
|Sidney Nolan Trust, Presteigne||Details|