Words by Evan La Ruffa
From what we can tell, Amy Guidry creates work that is always inquisitive. Regardless of the subject or context, there seems to be a glaring question about our assumptions. Her most recent work, In Our Veins, takes mortality and splits the difference. Heads take root in the ground as subterranean birds feed, emaciated horse-heads float, and a purple rabbit feasts on intestines, as death is reduced to the eventuality that it is. She recasts fate as species interact within new power structures, while somehow conveying a placidity and faith in the recycling of souls. It’s precisely those cycles that give the work its serenity. Amy’s backdrop is arid and expansive, further lending the proper proportion of the nearest subject who is engulfed by space.
Her past works show similar intellectual premises, ranging from surreal beauty to the indication of realities most of us might rather wash down with a super sized, high fructose corn syrup bomb. Regardless of the ethos, which isn’t always as obvious as some onlookers hope for, we find Amy’s work pushes the boundaries of logic in various valuable directions. Art should provoke, and she certainly does.
She’s represented by Wally Workman Gallery in Austin, Texas and The Oak Street Gallery in Hammond, Louisiana.
Amy says the following about her recent work, In Our Veins…
‘The premise of “In Our Veins” is to explore the connections between all life forms and the cycle of life. Through a psychological, and sometimes visceral, approach, this series investigates our relationships to each other and to the natural world, as well as our role in the life cycle. Concepts such as life and death, survival and exploitation, and the interdependence and destruction of living and nonliving organisms are illustrated throughout. Using imagery derived from dreams and free association, “In Our Veins” demonstrates these ideas in a surreal, psychologically-charged narrative.’