Amy Feldman: Interview

Amy Feldman, POW NOW, 2013, acrylic on canvas, 96 x 80 inches (photo by Cary Whi
Amy Feldman, POW NOW, 2013, acrylic on canvas, 96 x 80 inches (photo by Cary Whittier, courtesy of Blackston Gallery and Sorry We’re Closed)

Mary Jones interviews painter Amy Feldman whose exhibition Grey Area was recently on view at Sorry We're Closed, Brussels.

In her introduction Jones writes: "With simple and strong contrast, Feldman’s forms activate the ground, dispelling any metaphors of the mechanical. Expressive, letter-like cartoon and carnal shapes drive Feldman’s unique, psychologically charged language. The rigorous simplicity of the work embraces the fundamental elements of painting, a barebones approach of all or nothing, without revisions or second layers."

Asked about figure/ground relationships in her work, Feldman comments that she is "obsessed with figure/ground relationships and negotiating the space between them, the space that flips between something and nothing—an attentive and imprudent flip. When the works get large, a chunk of figure that you could almost hold onto becomes ground, and vice versa. I am interested in highlighting the areas between figure and ground that might be ignored. These are the areas that the drip embodies. The drips are completely accidental, but I see them as integral to the overall image structure."