Wednesday, February 11, 2009

art inspiration: amy cutler

last summer when i was visiting some dear friends in new york, i saw a really great show at the american folk art museum called "Dargerism: Contemporary Artists and Henry Darger". one of the contemporary artists featured in the show was amy cutler, who paints detailed images of girls and women in a style that reminds me of illustrations from old children's books. her images, though, often have strange narratives. her all-female cast of characters is usually working diligently at some sort of bizarre task that appears ultimately futile.

i was thinking about amy cutler's work today because i was sorting some fabric scraps for the textile project i'm working on, and many of the fabrics reminded me of the clothing she paints her characters in. so i went to look through a book of her work that i bought at the above-mentioned show in new york. this ended up amusing me for a good hour and a half, and caused me to totally abandon my sorting (but it was probably a futile task anyway).

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