Friday, August 26, 2005
I first saw Amy Cutlers work when I went to the Walker Art Museum a few years ago. I remember stopping and staring at her work for a long time. After seeing large scale paintings, crushed painted cars, and video intallations, her work was a breath of fresh air to me. It was so simple, yet it impacted me more than any fancy computer work that I had seen in the museum. The work was quiet and witty. I was happy to find out that Amy Cutler was coming to our school. It was the first time when I realized that there was a contemporary young female artist out there that I could feel connected to. Her lecture was so down to earth and insightful. I felt like she could have been a friend that I grew up with. Below is a descripion of the concepts behind her work.
by Ana Finel Honigman
Before children become old and blasé enough to work at making sense of life’s ethically grey areas, fairy-tales offer a world filled with moral paradoxes, beautiful colors and high-key imagery. In fairy-tales, childhood’s fears, aspirations and desires are transformed into lush metaphors and images children can digest. But once children grow into adults, fairy-tale logic, the kind where combs become forests and wolves can speak, looses its immediacy and meaning.
Brooklyn-based Amy Cutler paints grown-up myths. She uses insight and skill to present original parables of women who are tethered to Cosmo Girl-induced insecurities, desperate for transformation and haunted by traditional definitions of femininity.