A post about the "Winter Diversions of a Gardener" and my newly found appreciation for the paper mosaics of Mary Delany. As well as a look at a few antique botanical studies which inspire my mushroom sculptures.Read More
How Garden Giants came about, the psychology of creative flow, and the inspiration of nature. Meditation on my favorite quote by William Blake and a showcase of fellow mushroom loving artists Melissa Garden and Higuchi Yuko!Read More
I am Amelia Armitage, an artist and chef, working and playing in Portland, OR. In the past year I spent my nights and weekends studying ceramics at the Portland Community College Sylvania campus under Kowkie Durst. During this short time I found a true passion for hand-built sculpture. As I began creating I quickly developed two streams or bodies of work, the first a collection of abstract figures, and the second a whimsical array of mushrooms that I call Garden Giants. In the upcoming months I plan to begin a series of smaller more intimate works inspired by ancient fertility goddesses.
My abstract figurative sculpture is an exploration of my emotions and fears tied to motherhood and sexual trauma. When people view my work I hope they feel comfort that gradually transforms into a sense of unrest. I would like viewers to experience an intimate and intuitive connection with these abstract figures. Each form is a wound up and twisted echo of the fetal position, where proportions are stretched to create sinuous gestural lines. I am inspired by the art of the 1920's especially that of Constantin Brancusi and the German Expressionists.
I begin each piece by conjuring a memory or stringent fear, and meditating on the emotion tied to these thoughts. I visualize the skeletal and muscular lines of the human figure and allow my hands to abstract the form in visceral and fluid movements. Each sculpture has a story that emanates from my experience in the world as a young woman, however my figures do not have a clear gender.
Though each piece is borne from a place of strife or constraint the form flows toward an ultimate calm. The soft stone surface embracing itself displays a therapeutic erosion of pain. I know a piece is done when it is convoluted in form but harmonious in shape.
When I work with abstract figures I am reminded how free our minds can be. I hope that people are able to share in this liberation and relish in the introversion of my artwork.
I appreciate your taking the time to read a little about my art. Future blog posts will include more inspirational images and artworks, information about the artists I work alongside, garden tips and more about the Garden Giants collection, information about mushrooms and mycology, recipes (glaze and food!!), a little or a lot of art history, images and information about my process, ideas for foraging and tips about wild mushroom hunting, and ideas for keeping your work and art playful and creative!