"For about the last eight years, I've been experiencing a sporadically occurring dream about the end of the world. Animals stampeding and buildings falling into dust beside me. I wake up in a panic and with a heavy sense of inevitability.
"Although I'm not trying to recreate this dream in my work, I think that like my dream, my paintings reflect my view of the nervous state of affairs the world seems to be in. Inspired by natural and unnatural disasters, personal fiascos and the never-ending stream of bad news coming in from the media, the world inside my paintings has been turned (sometimes literally) upside down. The ground has crumbled underneath them and the sky is falling. In the wake of this, my created world bands together to come up with coping plans. This lets me explore ideas of anxiety and vulnerability, community, and the illusion of safety. I am fascinated by the resilience of life. Every disaster is followed by rebirth, where we try to cobble together a Plan B out of what remains. My paintings celebrate this fascination and my love of the urban landscape and its creatures."
Amy Casey draws on her fascination with the resilience of life as a source of inspiration for her paintings. With themes including urban landscapes and small, twisted creatures, the artist captures states of chaos with underlying tones of the possibility of rebirth and structure.
A graduate of The Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, OH, Casey has gained notoriety as a painter in the Midwest since her solo exhibitions in Cleveland and Chicago. The artist was awarded an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award in 2007, has participated as an artist-in-residence at Zygote Press, and has received a Full Fellowship Award from The Vermont Studio Center, among other achievements in her budding career.
Casey exhibited her work in the group exhibition Selections III at SPACES in 2003. She has also shown at POV Evolving Gallery, Los Angeles, Michael Rosenthal Gallery, San Francisco, and Hudson D. Walker Gallery, Provincetown, MA.