From life and death to her less-than-traditional practice, Shape Artist Amy Nettleton tells us about her personal approach to art ...


Amy Nettleton

How would you describe your work?
My work is beautiful. I explore issues surrounding life and death, and movement through using materials related to mortality. It is conceptually led, with a strong element of narrative.

What would you say are your main influences and inspirations?
I decided I was going to be an artist at the age of four, and despite developing a life-changing physical disability, I never wavered on my career path. I fell in love with Cy Twomblys ‘The Four Seasons’ paintings on my first visit to Tate Modern at the age of seven, and have never been interested in traditional art practices.

I am inspired by the people around me, by clips of conversations I overhear, and by my own personal experience. I have always been interested in life cycle, and during my Masters Degree I really focused my practice on using alternative materials to develop concept- based works that intrigue the audience.

Breaking Beautiful 1, by Amy Nettleton, image of a bird drawn on egg inside a boxBreaking Beautiful 2, by Amy Nettleton, image of a bird drawn on egg inside a box

Breaking Beautiful 3, by Amy Nettleton, image of a bird drawn on egg inside a boxBreaking Beautiful 4, by Amy Nettleton, image of a bird drawn on egg inside a box

How would you like people to respond to your work?

I want audiences to develop their own response to my work. I don't believe in giving the viewer all the answers. Some people find my work uncomfortable and others find it serene and beautiful.


Breaking Beautiful series, by Amy Nettleton, image of her series in the Shape Gallery
What are you working on next?
I am currently completing a new series of drawings on the egg shells of deceased birds called ‘Breaking Beautiful.’ I like the juxtaposition of using a material from birth with an image of death. My studio is full of ideas, notes, half-finished projects and completed works - I find this environment really stimulating and not all of the ideas will come to fruition - but it inspires new works.

http://www.amylouisenettleton.co.uk/

Amy's work was a part of our Emerging Spaces exhibition. Find out more about the Shape Gallery at Westfield, Stratford, and how to visit here.

Banner Image: ‘Breaking Beautiful’ by Amy Nettleton
Inset Image: Amy Nettleton