For the past several years, my work has focused on salvage yards, trash scatters and wreckage rendered in a landscape format. This stems in part from a life long interest in archeology, as well as growing up in the rural Tidewater area of Virginia, where junkyards several acres in size were a common part of the landscape.
The reason trash scatters sites are so prized by archaeologists is because of the amount of information they provide about the people who produced them. We are what we throw away. Things that were once considered valuable at some point lose their luster and get tossed aside, left to either deteriorate or be collected by someone who can still find some use for them. Likewise, things that we collect and regard as valuable, that we keep because of the status this ownership confers can be lost with little or no warning.
Most importantly, who, not what we toss aside defines who we are both as individuals and as a society. Many of the salvage yards contain bones, both human and animal, as both species have a performance based value assigned to them. Once this performance is deemed inadequate or no longer useful, their assigned value is also gone and the individual is pushed out.
Artist Bio / CV
Amy J. Fleming
P.O. Box 180984
Tallahassee, FL 32303
Solo and Group Exhibitions:
2008 West Tampa Center for the Arts, Tampa, FL
2006 621 Gallery, Tallahassee, FL
2002 The Alliance for the Arts, Fort Myers, FL
1997 Horace Williams House, Chapel Hill, NC
1997 The Arlington Arts Center, Arlington, VA
2008 Valdosta State University, Valdosta, GA
2006 The Arts Center, St. Petersburg, FL
2003 The von Liebig Art Center, Naples, FL
Limner Gallery, New York, NY
2002 Peninsula Fine Arts Center, Newport News, VA
New American Paintings, Open Studios Press
1998 Touchstone Gallery, Washington, D.C.
1996 Horace Williams House, Chapel Hill, N.C.
San Diego Art Institute, San Diego, CA
The Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, VA
1995 Barrett House Galleries, Poughkeepsie, NY
Touchstone Gallery, Washington, D.C.
1994 The Haggin Museum, Stockton, CA
1993 San Diego Art Institute, San Diego, CA
1991 Tuttle Gallery, McDonough, MD
1990 Peninsula Fine Arts Center, Newport News, VA
Maryland Federation of the Arts, Annapolis, MD
Tuttle Gallery, McDonough, MD
1989 Delaplaine Visual Arts Center, Delaplaine, MD
1988 Peninsula Fine Arts Center, Newport News, VA
1987 Peninsula Fine Arts Center, Newport News, VA
The Drawing Center, New York, NY
The Stockton Arts Commission, Stockton, CA
Strategic Analysis Inc., Arlington, VA
Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA
Chris Addison, Co-owner Addison-Ripley Gallery, past president of the Washington Art Dealers' Association, Washington, D.C.
Work is included in several private collections.
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Robert Rauschenberg/Barrier Island Group for the Arts Award, 2001
Alliance for the Arts “Angels of the Arts” Arts Writer of the Year, 2004
Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA, B.F.A. 1982
Northern Virginia Community College, Loudoun County, VA,
A.A.S. Magna Cum Laude, 1992