November-December 2014 … The Global Online Magazine of Arts, Information & Entertainment … Volume 10, Number 6
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Amy Kollar Anderson

©2011 Amy Kollar Anderson

Phyxiated, acrylic on canvas : 12″ x 14″

Babies in Bottles

Amy Kollar Anderson

How an artist goes from painting babies in bottles to a phantasmagoric series based on characters and scenes from “Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There” (phantasmagoric in itself), is just one of the questions that came to mind looking over Amy Kollar Anderson’s work. Anderson’s ‘bottle paintings’ expose a frightfully cold tableau of images recorded by a meandering, surrealistic mind. Alas, whereas babies in bottles (my manacle, not her moniker) once were the province of medical schools, where they were meant to teach, and carnival side shows, where they were meant to shock, Anderson’s paintings do both. While the “Alice” series keeps to the caverns of her imagination, they are more grounded in images that we, as impartial observers (as if there were such things), are not as afraid to imagine. We may have been there, may have done that, but never quite did it this way.

Five of the “Alice” works shown here will be on display at the Hive Gallery and Studios in Los Angeles beginning in March. See how it’s done in “Phyxiated”.

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Phyxiated – Time Lapse Painting

by Amy Kollar Anderson

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A time-lapse video of approximately 55 hours total, with 1 frame per minute of Amy painting Phyxiated.  Acrylic on canvas, 12″ x 14″. Score: “The Butcher,” performed by Ape the Ghost. See them on Facebook.

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Anderson on Anderson:

With my paintings, I create narratives about obsession and containment to explore the differences between being in-and-out of control. Containment is revealed through locations with physical barriers, but it can also be addressed through the emotional or psychological condition of the individuals. Obsession can be seen in the multitude of details, or in the characters that are fixated with an object or idea. I attempt to find a balance between contrasting concepts, such as control vs. chaos, attraction vs. repulsion, etc.

I find these worlds through an oblique path, beginning with an idea and then wandering my way into the finished piece through multiple layers of color and patterns. Each layer adds to the complexity of the puzzle, and in turn reveals another part of the puzzle differently, affecting the final piece. This kind of revelation and exploration takes time, often with changes in composition and color, but the process uncovers a more complex and satisfying narrative than first glimpsed in that original idea.

I enjoy the process of creating a completely new environment in each painting, complete with new rules about interactions and colors. The aesthetic involves a contrast of overlapping vintage and modern design elements and untraditional paint choices, such as metallic, fluorescent and interference colors. This subtle psychedelic presentation misdirects the viewer from immediately focusing on the issues presented, therefore adding to the harmony and tension in the narrative.

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Amy Kollar Anderson / New Work

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Amy Kollar Anderson

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About the Artist:

Amy Kollar Anderson lives in Dayton, Ohio, with her husband and their cats. She received her B.F.A. from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and her Master of Humanity with a focus in Fine Arts, from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. For more information about Anderson, visit her web site: http://www.kollaranderson.com.

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