“ST. O’DONNELL’S SELECT GALLERY” PROFILE : AMY ROSER
Amy likes painting – isn’t very good at it but tries real hard.
Local Bondi artist Amy Roser sat down with us to discuss her favourite artists, paintings, what inspires her to be an artist and what she would do to get her hands on her favourite art.
What project are you working on now?
I’m working on a portrait project that came from walking through central station having a really awful day. I was thinking “I wonder who else is feeling like me in this tunnel?” basically it’s about collective experience, mental health and disconnection. I have a friend in photography and film who is going to help me interview some people in the station and catch some candid moments. A part of the project will be discovering as much as I can about the materiality of paint and colour so that I can capture what it is that I want to represent exactly how I see it in my mind.
Do you have a sort of theme or style in your art, and does it represent anything?
I always say I have no idea who I am or what I like or even what on earth it is that I do, yet the common denominator is always the portrait and I tend to have a particular colour palette. The portrait to me isn’t about doing what a passport photo does, for me it’s about capturing human essence … whether or not I’ve got the experience to do that yet is another thing, but I’m constantly practising.
Who would you say your favourite artist is and why?
I can’t answer this question directly; it’s kind of like when someone asks you your favourite musician of all time … let’s say its Johnny Cash – I might love him but I don’t want to hear his entire album when I’m at a club on Saturday night. Does that make sense? Haha … basically there’s a time and a place for everything. I have a soft spot for and an appreciation of all forms of art and I’m really inspired by people in general who are brave enough to pursue what they love in the face of possible rejection.
What is your favourite place to see art, and why?
My absolute favourite place in the world to appreciate art is St Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican City. I could sit there for days; it’s the most unreal building I’ve ever been in.
What’s the most indispensable item in your studio?
Oh my gosh, I’m such a wasteful person. I don’t take care of anything. Everything is dispensable and as a result I should hoard a lot less, but I continue to collect bits and pieces of stuff “just in case.”
What’s the weirdest thing you ever saw happen in a museum or gallery?
I think some performance art is pretty funny, I mean, I get it and I appreciate it… but some of it makes me giggle.
What’s your art-world pet peeve?
When people say “ugh! I could’ve done that!” …. ‘ yeah, but you didn’t.’
What work of art do you wish you owned?
Some crazy Italian Renaissance painting.
What would you do to get it?
Sort of go back in time and flutter my eyelids at a middle aged white man? I suppose not much or I’d end up in jail.
What under-appreciated artist, gallery, or work do you think people should know about?
My friend and studio pal at UNSW Art & Design @Harry Eggington is going to go places his art makes me really happy
You can catch Amy and other local artists at our upcoming “Select Gallery #002.
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