"My work is about moments of wildness. The world is a series of quantum possibilities linked by endless streams of energy, and my art reflects the frenetic power of each frozen/not-frozen moment I embody on the canvas. Art helps the soul to breathe."
Amy Petrie Shaw is a contemporary modernist painter who lives and works in West Des Moines, Iowa.
Shaw's distinctive vision ignores linear reality and celebrates instead the deeper truths of "the world behind the world." She prefers to work in acrylics and her projects are characterized by vivid color and distorted perspective with bold use of line, thick material applications, layering, and compositing to bring depth and life to each canvas.
Shaw claims she was "Influenced by Barnett Newman, Helen Frankenthaler, Sam Francis, Elmer Ciserón Bautista, and Wifredo Lam, spun in a blender and pounded through cyberpunk, EDM, 70's hits, and the writings of Bonhoffer, Crossan, Gaiman, LaVey, and Matthew." The result grabs you by the collar and never lets you go.
Shaw says, "Religion is art and art is religion. I paint the world into being; in that sense, I am the "I am". My goal is to breathe a vibrating moment onto the canvas; to see where quantum realities of the macroverse collide and to hold it pinned through time. I share my work as communion so step up and take a bite."
Amy Petrie Shaw's work has been shown at the ARC Gallery in Chicago, Illinois, the Off Ludlow Gallery in Cincinnati, Ohio, the North Lake Town Hall Library Gallery, North Lake Wisconsin, and the UCDSM Gallery in Des Moines, Iowa.
This review was published by Circle Foundation for the Arts © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist