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Amy Conroy
updated: 06/05/2010
website: flickr.com/amyconroy
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Sisters
Mother and Daughter II
What It Feels Like to be Bed Ridden
Ohio 1930's Nightgown Ad
Drug Addict and the Cave Ghosts
What It Feels Like to be Watch TV in Bed
Mamma Bird Watching Her Egg
Sci-fi Loser and the Girl From 1968
What It Feels Like When There's Something Between Us
Temptation Situation
Fraid of Church
Sickness with Phlegm and Cough
A Roman Senator Wearing Clown Make Up: Me and Me
How Pathetic We Feel In Yoga
Sketchbook Page 1
 
Portfolio Keywords:  domestic, dreams, psychological, figurative, landscape, obsessive, social criticism, portraiture, anatomy, memory
 
 
Sisters by Amy Conroy
Sisters
Pastels
2010
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Mother and Daughter II by Amy Conroy
Mother and Daughter II
Pastels
2010
0" x  0" 
What It Feels Like to be Bed Ridden by Amy Conroy
What It Feels Like to be Bed Ridden
Intaglio
2007
9" x  12" 
Ohio 1930's Nightgown Ad by Amy Conroy
Ohio 1930's Nightgown Ad
Pen & Ink
2007
21" x  21" 
Drug Addict and the Cave Ghosts by Amy Conroy
Drug Addict and the Cave Ghosts
Pen & Ink
2007
17" x  28" 
What It Feels Like to be Watch TV in Bed by Amy Conroy
What It Feels Like to be Watch TV in Bed
Pen & Ink
2007
8" x  9" 
Mamma Bird Watching Her Egg by Amy Conroy
Mamma Bird Watching Her Egg
Intaglio & Markers
2008
9" x  12" 
Sci-fi Loser and the Girl From 1968 by Amy Conroy
Sci-fi Loser and the Girl From 1968
Pastel on Wood
2008
14.5" x  12" 
What It Feels Like When There's Something Between Us by Amy Conroy
What It Feels Like When There's Something Between Us
Dry Point
2007
9" x  8" 
Temptation Situation by Amy Conroy
Temptation Situation
Intaglio
2008
9" x  12" 
Fraid of Church by Amy Conroy
Fraid of Church
Intaglio
2007
11" x  16" 
Sickness with Phlegm and Cough  by Amy Conroy
Sickness with Phlegm and Cough
Intaglio
2007
11" x  6" 
A Roman Senator Wearing Clown Make Up: Me and Me by Amy Conroy
A Roman Senator Wearing Clown Make Up: Me and Me
Pastel & Graphite on Wood
2008
24" x  20" 
How Pathetic We Feel In Yoga by Amy Conroy
How Pathetic We Feel In Yoga
Markers
2007
9" x  12" 
Sketchbook Page 1 by Amy Conroy
Sketchbook Page 1
Markers
2007
8.5" x  11" 

Artist Statement

 
  America is a workaholic. So much effort is put into worrying and micromanaging and rearranging and fixing that the actual subtance of life can get lost. I see people do this, I feel myself do this and it troubles me. Laying all of this down in a worn out figure seems to fix it somewhat. At least, I feel in acknowledging the struggle can start the path of being comforted, of calming down. I don’t think I could ever make work that isn’t tense. To ignore tension seems dishonest. I don’t think there is any room for improvement if you are dishonest about the current situation. Trying to capture it all and placing it on a human figure and their surroundings is alleviating. This is what I want other people to recognize in my work. I want them to see the anxieties and hurt that people carry with them, take a breath, and think ‘Okay, now it’s out on the table.’

In my artwork there is a pulling in opposite directions. In life, I am often frustrated by things like that. In art, I find it comforting. Art is an opportunity to let things be laid out as they are and openly examined. I try to make all of my artwork as truthful as it can be, so I draw people in an extreme state. When I begin to draw a person I try to fill them out as much as I can. I fit wrinkles into every pocket of empty space on their skin to not miss a spot. In a way it's like trying to do them justice, I don’t want to underplay the anxieties and traumas that all people suffer. I think there is a rudeness in not showing this side of people. 

Each person I draw I think of as a holistic representation of all people, of what it’s like to be human, especially a human who has grown up in America.

 

Artist Bio / CV

Amy Conroy grew up in Ohio. She moved to Pittsburgh in 2004 to attend Carnegie Mellon University. She graduated with a B.F.A. in 2008 with a concentration in printmaking and drawing. Amy has attended the Vermont Studio Center and Oxbow residencies.