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Amy Finkbeiner
updated: 06/03/2012
website: www.amyfinkbeiner.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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The Eternal Incantation
Joan of Arc at the Stake from Consumed Installation
Exene Cervenka Votive Candle from Consumed Installation
Dying Virgin Votive Candles from Consumed Installation
I'm done hoping. Work is Sacred. (Drawing from installation)
Ritual Objects from I'm done hoping. Work is Sacred.
Ritual Objects from I'm done hoping. Work is Sacred.
Stigmata 3: Appeared on June 11
Stigmata 1: Relics from appearance in May 2005
It is necessary to forget in order to go on living.
It is necessary to forget in order to go on living. (Detail)
Untitled (Hair Drawing 3) Detail
Untitled (Hair Drawing 4) with Hairball
 
 
Portfolio Keywords:  erotic, feminist, gender/sexuality, portraiture, collage, conceptual, humor, political, figurative, spiritual
 
 
The Eternal Incantation by Amy Finkbeiner
The Eternal Incantation
Still image from live performance
2012
Dimensions variable
Joan of Arc at the Stake from Consumed Installation by Amy Finkbeiner
Joan of Arc at the Stake from Consumed Installation
Wax and glitter
2011
Dimensions variable
Exene Cervenka Votive Candle from Consumed Installation by Amy Finkbeiner
Exene Cervenka Votive Candle from Consumed Installation
Wax, glitter, and wire
2011
12" x  14"  x 8" 
Dying Virgin Votive Candles from Consumed Installation by Amy Finkbeiner
Dying Virgin Votive Candles from Consumed Installation
Wax and glitter
2011
Dimensions variable
I'm done hoping. Work is Sacred. (Drawing from installation) by Amy Finkbeiner
I'm done hoping. Work is Sacred. (Drawing from installation)
Pencil on paper with fabric
2011
84 " x  36 " 
Ritual Objects from I'm done hoping. Work is Sacred. by Amy Finkbeiner
Ritual Objects from I'm done hoping. Work is Sacred.
Burned broom, all the keys I've had through the last 15 years, and dust
2011
Dimensions variable
Ritual Objects from I'm done hoping. Work is Sacred. by Amy Finkbeiner
Ritual Objects from I'm done hoping. Work is Sacred.
Paper, broken porcelain, candle, crystal glass, water
2010
Dimensions variable
Stigmata 3: Appeared on June 11 by Amy Finkbeiner
Stigmata 3: Appeared on June 11
Miraculous bleeding incident on skin
2009
1/2 " x  0 " 
Stigmata 1: Relics from appearance in May 2005 by Amy Finkbeiner
Stigmata 1: Relics from appearance in May 2005
Blood and bandages
2005 - 2009
1/2 " x  1/2 "  x 1/4 " 
It is necessary to forget in order to go on living.  by Amy Finkbeiner
It is necessary to forget in order to go on living.
Hair (my own) and wax on paper
2000-2010
84 " x  60 " 
It is necessary to forget in order to go on living. (Detail) by Amy Finkbeiner
It is necessary to forget in order to go on living. (Detail)
Hair (my own) and wax on paper
2000-2010
84 " x  60 " 
Untitled (Hair Drawing 3) Detail by Amy Finkbeiner
Untitled (Hair Drawing 3) Detail
Hair (my own) and wax on paper
2010
44 " x  30 " 
Untitled (Hair Drawing 4) with Hairball by Amy Finkbeiner
Untitled (Hair Drawing 4) with Hairball
Hair (my own) and wax on paper
2010
44 " x  30 " 

Artist Statement

I am creating a cult of worship, collecting together the entranced mystics and martyred saints of medieval times, contemporary proto-feminist performance artists, and women poets of the punk rock era--all of whom sought transcendent yet very physical states of being, whether through religious ecstasy, artistic creation, poetry, or music.

I create idolatrous objects, images, and texts, which are placed in shrine-like visual poems within a space, for use in cult worship. This work also includes a series of drawings depicting erotic dreams and visions inspired by the writings of medieval mystics.

I use many different materials and forms in this work, including drawings, sculptures, photos, performances, sound/music works, texts, and videos. I am interested in creating images and objects that potentially have personal ritual use outside the studio or gallery, such as votive candles, ceremonial vestments, small altars, devotional icons, talismans, and fetishes.



Artist Bio / CV

Education
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, 2001
MFA, School of Visual Arts, 2001
BFA, Kansas City Art Institute, 1990

Selected Exhibitions

2012
The Double, organized by Skowhegan Alliance; at Cabinet, Brooklyn, New York; LAXART, Los Angeles, California
Totem, Online Exhibition, curated by Kimberly Hennessy and Ryan Feeney, http://www.soft-spot.net
The Never-Ending Litany, Live Performance, for Itinerant Performance Art Festival, Crossing Art Gallery, Flushing, New York
The Eternal Incantation, Live Performance, for Itinerant Performance Art Festival, Grace Exhibition Space, Brooklyn, New York

2011                                                                                            I'm done hoping. Work is Sacred, at OnView: 305 Van Brunt, Brooklyn, New York (solo exhibition)
Bling, curated by Rachael Faillace, Arts Guild New Jersey, Rahway, New Jersey
The West at Sunset: Today It’s You, curated by Adrian Saldaña, Abrons Arts Center, New York

 2010
The West at Sunset, Abrons Arts Center, curated by Adrian Saldaña, Henry Street Settlement, New York

2009
Two Degrees of Separation, Gallery Satori, New York
Secrets are impossible here, Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Virginia (solo exhibition)
Fresh Asphalt, Gallery Satori, New York
Leave Me, Desire, Invisible NYC, New York (solo exhibition)

2008
Supernatural, curated by Dan Tague, Good Children Gallery, New Orleans

2007
Jouissance, Autoversion, Ltd., New York
Stories Real and Vividly Imagined, curated by Patrik Qvist, Galleri Niklas Belenius, Stockholm, Sweden

2006
Paradise Lost, curated by Dan Tague, Frederieke Taylor Gallery, New York
Vault Series, curated by Joan Backes, New Bedford Art Museum, Massachusetts
Site 92, Smack Mellon Gallery, Brooklyn, New York

2005
Extraordinary Visions, curated by Katherine Chan, Nolan/Eckman Gallery, New York

2004
There Is a Light That Never Goes Out, curated by Michael Wilson, D.U.M.B.O. Arts Center, Brooklyn, New York
Supersalon, Samson Projects, Boston, Massachusetts