Directory profile: Amelia Biewald
I have a Romantic urge to search for supernatural beauty in the natural world. What interests me are the inherent visual possibilities of that supernaturalness; where the line between what is artificial and what is natural with regards to our physicality and our world becomes blurred. I am re-creating landscape utilizing a wide array of materials that culminate in provocative large-scale installation works inhabited by unique characters.
Recently many of my landscapes have been in fact subterranean cavescapes. I imagine quasi-historical narratives and create elaborate worlds. I have always been interested in the artifice and illusion inherent in eighteenth century society; here imagine my subterranean courtesans, intrigues and encounters. The awesome eerie beauty of caves, and their sense of timelessness have always titillated me. In a recent work in progress, Permanence In Change, I find that taxidermy appeals to me for similar reasons. There is a sense of longing and wistfulness about time, seemingly too much time and yet not enough. I am currently working to capture this enigma of timelessness. I want to create the feeling of a voyeuristic underworld that seduces the viewer as they trespass though the space- to alter their perceptions of time as usual by capturing the buck head over heals mid-fall.
I feel one of my strengths as an artist is my ability to work with, manipulate, and combine both traditional and non-traditional materials and processes in order to obtain unique sensuous effects. Much of the time, exactly how and what I used in order to create the works isn’t readily apparent, and this lends to it’s allure. The surface in my works is extremely important, and is usually filled with hundreds of transparencies and textures. It is produced with a laborious layering technique similar in ways to the formation of cave structures like stalactites and stalagmites. In upcoming exhibitions culminating from recent work, I will focus on re-creating in my own unique way sections of these large-scale worlds. I wish for them to become alluringly theatrical and voyeuristic, like being able to sneak across the timeless "stage" encountered in the dioramas at the Museum Of Natural History- the encapsulated super-real.