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Amy Sollins
updated: 09/04/2009
website: www.amysollins.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Rosa Cakes
Karen's Blouse In and Out
Black Bra
Free Fall
Cat Toys
Open Secret
Deer Crossing
Stepanova Undersea
Shadow Theatre
Attachment
Gambit
Sam and Dave
Picture of Rena
Honeymoon Bridge
Butter Crisps
 
Portfolio Keywords:  figurative, dreams, animals, autobiographical, domestic
 
 
Rosa Cakes by Amy Sollins
Rosa Cakes
Charcoal, Watercolor and Pastel on Paper
2008
39 " x  51 " 
Karen's Blouse In and Out by Amy Sollins
Karen's Blouse In and Out
Charcoal and Pastel on Paper
2008
36 " x  48 " 
Black Bra by Amy Sollins
Black Bra
Charcoal on Paper
2008
30 " x  22 " 
Free Fall by Amy Sollins
Free Fall
Charcoal, Watercolor and Pastel on Paper
2009
48 " x  36 " 
Cat Toys by Amy Sollins
Cat Toys
Charcoal, Watercolor and Pastel on Paper
2009
26 " x  40 " 
Open Secret by Amy Sollins
Open Secret
Pastel on Paper
2007
36" x  24" 
Deer Crossing by Amy Sollins
Deer Crossing
Charcoal, Watercolor and Pastel on Paper
2007
26" x  40" 
Stepanova Undersea by Amy Sollins
Stepanova Undersea
Charcoal, Watercolor and Pastel on Paper
2009
30" x  44" 
Shadow Theatre by Amy Sollins
Shadow Theatre
Charcoal, Watercolor and Pastel on Paper
2008
23" x  30" 
Attachment by Amy Sollins
Attachment
Charcoal and Watercolor on Paper
2009
30" x  23" 
Gambit by Amy Sollins
Gambit
Charcoal on Paper
2008
26" x  40" 
Sam and Dave by Amy Sollins
Sam and Dave
Charcoal and Pastel on Paper
2009
31" x  25" 
Picture of Rena by Amy Sollins
Picture of Rena
Charcoal, Pastel and Linocut on Paper
2008
30 " x  22 " 
Honeymoon Bridge by Amy Sollins
Honeymoon Bridge
Charcoal, Watercolor and Pastel on Paper
2009
24" x  36" 
Butter Crisps by Amy Sollins
Butter Crisps
Charcoal on Paper
2008
30" x  22" 

Artist Statement

For the past eight years, I have been making charcoal drawings of my possessions, including my grandmother’s cast iron doorstop, my underwear, my jewelry, a small bronze Buddha.  I draw with the softest charcoal possible so that the dust falls in shadows.  The titles often describe the objects and sometimes their colors.  For example, a black charcoal drawing of nine views of a bar of white dove soap is titled Nine White Doves.  I completed a series of drawings based on Andersen’s Fairy Tales that are framed with matchsticks.  Recently, I’ve been making more elaborate drawings with charcoal, pastels and watercolor. 

I’m utterly in love with the sound of charcoal as it crunches between my fingers as I push it in the paper, how it glides along the surface and disappears when erased with a kneaded eraser or chamois, how it breaks and cracks, how the dust settles naturally or when I blow on the drawing.  These were the first methods I learned as a beginning art student and here I am again.  I’m reminded of one of my favorite (and often quoted) passages from T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets:

We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time

 

Artist Bio / CV

Solo Exhibitions since 2006

New Western Sightings: The Drawings of Amy Sollins (scheduled) Fresno Art Museum, Fresno, CA, May – August, 2009

Drawings, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Café, San Francisco, CA, December, 2007 – January, 2008

Drawings, North Berkeley Frame & Gallery, Berkeley, CA, November, 2006 – January, 2007

Amy Sollins: Shadow Drawings, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA, March – June, 2006

Selected Group Exhibitions since 2000

Assemblage+Collage+Construction, Museum of Art and History, Santa Cruz, CA, January– April, 2009

Evolution of a Sacred Space, Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, CA, October – December, 2008

Autobiography, Seattle Art Museum, SAM Gallery, Seattle, WA, January – February, 2008

Just Charcoal, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Artists Gallery, San Francisco, CA, February – March, 2007

Geographic Premonitions, Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA, September – November, 2006

Structure and Synthesis – Two Person Exhibition San Luis Obispo Art Center, San Luis Obispo, CA, December, 2002 – January, 2003

Two Person Exhibition, Nexus Gallery, Berkeley, CA, October, 2002

Group Exhibition Triangle Gallery, San Francisco, CA, January-February, 2001

Group Exhibition, Triangle Gallery, San Francisco, CA, September-October, 2001

Labyrinth of Cultures, South of Market Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA, November, 2000

Publications

San Francisco Weekly, October, 2008

San Francisco Magazine, February, 2008

Zyzzyva, Winter 2007 – 2008

East Bay Express, November, 2006

Education

M.F.A., California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, CA, Drawing and Painting (with distinction)

B.F.A., Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, Painting (magna cum laude)

A.A., Community College of Baltimore, MD, Fine Arts

Study Abroad in Art History, British Institute, Florence; Ecole du Louvre, Paris; Tate Gallery, London