“I approach the making of my paintings as if writing a story… I often don't know what a painting is ‘about’ while I'm making it. But as I work, I…begin to understand what I'm getting at in the same way that one might recall a vivid dream and begin to interpret it. In that way, I am a student of daydreams. I believe they teach me. And making the paintings is like doing my homework.
“When I set out to make a collage…my role as maker becomes less about communicating and interpreting something about myself and my view of reality and more about highlighting and mediating subtle relationships I find between bits of junk mail and other scraps of line and color. If the paintings are homework, then these are play.”
Amy Kalisher studied art, graphic design, and creative writing at Hampshire College and the Rhode Island School of Design. She taught at RISD and Roger Williams University. Her studio time is divided between digital and traditional art-making, graphic/web design, writing, and music composition. When not in the studio, you’ll most likely find her in the garden, riding her bicycle, or concocting something scrumptious and unrepeatable in the kitchen.
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Silver Circle Gallery is located at 75 Main Street in Downtown Putnam. Since 2008, Silver Circle has been a fresh, contemporary space where local and regional artists collaborate to show and sell their work, educate others, and inspire one another and their community through the visual arts.
Visit www.SilverCircleGallery.com for more information.