My current work explores the sense of touch. Traditionally in a gallery or museum the viewers use their visual perception to understand and appreciate the beauty in a piece of artwork. We are told “Not to Touch”. By limiting our interaction with art, we may never truly experience the art. It is through this sense of touch we make connections with our surroundings and it helps us find our way or place in life.
My fondest memories stem from my sense of touch. As a child feeling the soft crocheted blankets and fuzzy pillows while cuddling with my mom provided me with security and love. Currently I drive down the country roads in Western Kansas and receive a sense of peace and comfort from the rolling hills and the warm sun and air blowing across my face. It is as if the landscape gives me a big hug.
The materials and techniques I use to create my forms refer back to my experiences as a child. My mother taught me how to sew and crochet. By using textured yarns and fuzzy fabrics I intend to address the desires we have as humans to touch and to be touched. I install these colorful forms in configurations that I see as abstracted landscapes. I invite the viewer to touch my work. It is my hope that this experience will trigger memories from their past, an enjoyable feeling or just a simple smile.
Artist Bio / CV
Amy Schmierbach is an Associate Professor of Art at Fort Hays State University. She received her Master of Fine Arts Degree from Illinois State University in Printmaking in 1999. After graduating she received an Art in Education Residency Grant from the Women’s Studio Workshop in NY to develop and teach youth based arts projects and to create an edition of hand printed artists books. These books have been included in prestigious collections around the country. Amy’s current research entails three-dimensional soft sculpture that is installed on the walls and floor of the exhibition space. She has exhibited this work in numerous solo and group invitational exhibitions around the world including: SNAP Gallery in Alberta, Canada, ZG Gallery in Chicago, IL, Women’s Studio Workshop in Rosendale, NY, Kansas Arts Coalition in Kansas City, MO, and Wichita Center for the Arts in Wichita, KS. Amy has received numerous grants and a Kansas Arts Commission Mini-Fellowship, which helped fund her installations and drawings.