I generate drawings which support and explore biennial themes (these explorations have been culminating in large-in-scope installation exhibitions from 2000 to 2016): experience, movement, change, sound, light, time, space, matter, and finally, memory. For example, in 2012, I completed the series "12 Inches," in support of my 7th solo biennial SPACE. Over the course of 3 months, I asked 99 people to draw a 1-inch line without using a ruler, then a 2-inch line, then a 3-inch line...through 12 inches. Then, I sorted these 1,188 drawings--99 people's 1 inch, 99 people's 2 inches...from the shortest length to the longest length. The first drawing (1 inch) uses the 99 people's perceptions of 1 inch, the second drawing (2 inches) uses the 99 people's perceptions of 2 inches... For each drawing, I translated the perceived measurements into concentric squares, 99 centered squares per drawing.
Five of the drawings shown here are from two series I completed in support of my 8th solo biennials MATTER. I drew all of the matter in my home, a total of 104,663 objects.
Artist Bio / CV
In 1998, Amy Stacey Curtis began an 18-year commitment to interactive installation, 9 solo-biennial exhibits from the year 2000 to the year 2016. In the end, Curtis will have installed 81 large-in-scope, interactive works in the vast mills of 8 or 9 Maine towns. Each solo-biennial exhibit is a 22-month process, each exhibit exploring a different theme while requiring audience to perpetuate its multiple installations. "The audience completes my creative process. Without participants my work is incomplete." The Maine Arts Commission's 2005 Individual Artist Fellow for Visual Art, Curtis has committed to this work to convey that we are a part of a whole, that everyone and everything is connected and affects. Curtis also exhibits internationally and generates drawings, in part, to support her installations. www.amystaceycurtis.com