LEST WE FORGET (detail)
© 2016 Amy Richard, nature pulp print on artist-made kozo paper; 11 x 8.5 inches
My work is a response to the miraculous energy exhibited in nature, an invisible power that creates exquisite structures and designs in every living thing around us—only to destroy them and begin again.
The drawings, pulp prints and sculptures I produce are animated by the belief that nature is telling us something with its own expressive vocabulary of lines, shapes, textures and colors. In every weather-worn remnant, there is a narrative—a life history and lessons to be learned.
Captivated by the reoccurring patterns and structures found on land and in the sea, I find myself trying to decipher this language through close observation and interaction with the natural relics I collect and study as well as the materials used to produce the work.
The ritual of drawing and erasing, steaming, cooking and beating fiber, concealing and revealing imagery, form and text, connects me with a host of questions about the presence and absence of life and how it relates to our own fragile stories.