For the past fifteen years I have drawn as a meditative practice. Having studied many world religions in college I naturally gravitated to Taoist and Buddhist contemplations. Begun first as I struggled with infertility and then as I experienced new motherhood in my late thirties, and coupled with the changing dynamics of being a wife and a stay at home mother, my drawings offered me peace and perspective. Like carapaces built and shed they told stories of small truths. The forms and organisms created in my early drawings explored the variety and lexicon of my experiences.
The drawings in this current series utilize the symbolic vocabulary I have created to address the issues of nature, justice, women, reproduction and cultural decolonization. The work is intimate as I focus on the microcosm and small details. I am a believer in the importance of small things.
Parables and Sutras
As a species we are driven to reproduce. This reproduction is facilitated through biology, science, culture and force. As a woman and a mother in the 21st century I reflect on how my life story is ruled by this imperative. Complementary to this desire to reproduce biologically is the desire to replicate one’s ways of thinking. The population of ideologies is an alternative and sometimes more effective way of reproduction. My current body of work represents meditations on the personal, scientific and political demonstrations of this reproductive imperative.
My drawings are informed by my fascination with microorganisms and biological systems, but are unique reflections of subconscious patterns. Whereas most of my early work begins in graphite I have recently added gold ink to this series. Gold is obvious as a symbol of power, dominance, corruption and desire. I do not know why as an element it has been chosen to feed, propel and give value to our desires. It may be as primal as its semblance to the sun or its value as an incorruptible element. I also have introduced the colors pink and blue to this work. Though basely interpreted as gendered colors I identify with them as symbols of vulnerability, life and beatitude. As an artist I am a believer in transformation. My art is in practice a way for me to envision and create a world of truth, beauty and love, even and especially, when the culture we live in is fraught with pain and corruption.
Reflections, Musings, Outrage, and Bits of Pseudo Pompous life.
Free online Creative Arts and Mediation workshops hosted by the Gide Foundation . Every Sunday at 4pm EST. Join through Zoom link found on ADHerzel's FB Event Page.
This exhibition is a joint effort between the Moss Center and the Blacksburg Regional Art Association in conjunction with the Fine Art Center of the New River Valley in Pulaski and the Floyd Center for the Arts. Every two years the show changes from one of these organizations to the next. This marks the first time the biennial has been hosted by the spectacular Moss Center and the first biennial in Blacksburg since 2013 at Perspective Gallery.
Sixty-four artists from 21 different towns or cities will be exhibiting in the three galleries of the center. These artists were selected from among 389 entries forwarded to the juror.
"Entering Amy Herzel’s gallery I was transfixed. Her works are airy, or even aerie—a secluded and isolated place high up in the sky."
Please join us for the opening reception of “Gold & Desire – a Solo Exhibition of works
by Amy D. Herzel” at the Cerulean Arts Gallery & Studio on April 7, 2018 from 2pm-5pm.
Micro Drawings as spontaneous visual meditations.
Fort Worth community Art Center Solo Showdown 2017
Abstract Research collaboration with the Corilion Medical School. Partnership with Alex Shondra.
Drawing on the crest of the wave.
Reflections on exhibitions, sales and the work
Pseudo Pompous prints in Los Angeles.
Drawing Show at the Red Arrow Gallery, Nashville