AMY SOLLINS

Artist Statement

Wipe your glosses with what you know.
James Joyce

I have had a lifelong interest in Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. My most recent body of work uncovers a visual world that I have created, where natural laws are suspended.

For example, the work titled The Antipodes alludes to Alice’s musings as she tumbles down the rabbit-hole. Is she falling through the center of the earth where the people walk with their heads down? The drawing Free Fall reveals my exploration of a world where objects move freely in a normal/abnormal state; charcoal dust falls in shadows depicting a memory or a prediction of the location where an object existed or not, or will or may never exist.

I am interested in the difference between perception and reality. My work is rooted in the ways in which the scale of objects and their meanings may be opposite and the same—at the same time; the unity of opposites, the co-existence of being and non-being.

Alice wants to know what the flame of a candle looks like after it is blown out. Like Alice, I want to see the insides of things in themselves. What we perceive is not always what objects and beings appear to be. I convey in my work the way in which appearances change but essence and identity do not. The Cheshire Cat’s smile appears with or without the cat itself.