Cape Cod Museum of Art
Amy Heller: Form: Still + Motion
September 11 - November 9
Reception: September 18, 5:30 - 7 pm
Gallery Talk: October 1, 2 pm
Amy Heller is an award-winning photographer/artist whose artwork has been exhibited and published nationally and internationally. She received a B.F.A. in Studio Art/Design from Hampshire College and an M.F.A. in Photography from The George Washington University. As a Photo Editor/Researcher & Curator, Amy has worked for Microsoft, The Newseum, The Discovery Channel, The Washington Post, National Geographic and U.S. News & World Report. Prior to her photographic work she was an Exhibit Specialist at The National Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution and The Library of Congress. She has been coming to Cape Cod since she was a little girl, and moved here in 2003 from Washington, DC with her husband.
Amy’s earlier black and white photographic work explored the techniques and history of human locomotion photography and she developed a special interest in the work of Eadweard Muybridge and Etienne-Jules Marey. She used an entirely different technique to create her personal imagery and examined the idea of motion, time and reality in her surreal, dreamlike photographs, suggesting extra dimensions to our waking and sleeping lives.
Amy is currently making cyanotype photographs on fabric (a non-traditional surface for printing). The cyanotype was invented by Sir John Herschel in 1842. Amy has been photographing a variety of subjects and uses either negatives or makes photograms where objects are placed directly on the fabric. She loves the dichotomy between using 21st century technology of a digital camera and computer-generated negatives, while at the same time employing a 19th century method of sensitizing a surface. Many of the objects she photographs have historical origins. One series she calls ‘Baby Blues,’ because they are smaller than the other photos she has printed. Amy transforms everyday objects and reinterprets them into her own artistic vision. Her latest work is called, ‘Still Lives,’ which is a dual series of cyanotype photographs on fabric. One group of photographs are of 2-dimensional figural sculptures and body parts, mainly nudes. The other group consists of 3-dimensional sculptures/mannequins. They are ‘Still Lives’ but are in motion because they are mounted on manual or motorized turntables.
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