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About Amy

Baltimore City

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Amy Helminiak is a multimedia artist who was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland where she started her pursuits in the arts under the direction of her father, a painter.  After being awarded competitive arts scholarships she studied at The Maryland Institute College of Art and graduated with a BFA. She later continued her studies at a classical art atelier, The Schuler School of Art, focusing in painting techniques of the old Dutch masters and classical sculpture. Recently she graduated from... more

A Single Piece of Cloth

“A Single Piece of Cloth” is a series of collages that I created from observations of the current cultural landscape. The works take form through appropriated google images arranged in textile inspired designs. They are currently printed as garments and as tapestries.

My process begins by choosing objects that I have a personal connection with. The smell of water from a garden hose reminds me of my mother; the garden hose became the first object used in “The Way My Garden Grows.” As I work on the pieces, the meanings change until I arrive at a place that is intimate, but also public.

As a whole, the works speak about gender, race and immigration. These conversations, inspired by current social changes, are printed on fabrics and garments, common objects used during protest.

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    “The Rose Garden” shows a white alligator being carefully removed from a rose garden by hands covered with surgical gloves symbolizing the removal of the white male dominance in popular culture. Printed on fabric this piece derives from a series that capture the hashtag activism movements in the medium of its predecessors such as 20th century crusaders for women rights who physically wore adornments to support their cause.
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    “The Way My Garden Grows”portrays a bra paired with male underwear surrounded by magnolias and butterflies that are being nourished by garden hoses. Inspired by Angela Ponce, Miss Spain, this work speaks of transgenders as a symbol of strength and beauty. Printed on fabric this piece derives from a series that capture the hashtag activism movements in the medium of its predecessors such as 20th century crusaders for women rights who physically wore adornments to support their cause.

Orange Trees Are Mostly Green

Today were Photograpghs and images are leading the way in communication , 'Orange Trees Are Mostly Green' addresses the ambiguity of language in the digital age. Realized through emoji inspired symbols such as painted fingernails, scrunchies, Bernie Sanders heads and unicorns, the pieces explore the limitations of communication through texting and social media.

The work takes form from hundreds of appropriated photographs from internet searches that visually amplify the information to be processed by the viewer. Reminiscent of binary code and cuniform writing, these alternating patters reinforce its intent to be observed as a language. At the same time, they confer to it, in aesthetic terms, a frequency of digital noise.

Still Standing, Finding America

‘Still Standing, Finding America’ is a photographic series in progress that explores America through former 7Eleven buildings that have been refurbished into different entities. By focusing on the revolving occupants of these buildings that exist within the unchanged structures, this series reveals the ever-changing cultures of rural America trapped within its foundation.

Lover Letter

This is a love letter I created for my husband. Each drawing and photograpgh are seperate objects placed together inside a single pink envelope that reads 'For Jose.'

*Viewing the images and text in order is an important part of its narrative.

Photographs, Pen on paper
2016

This Must Be The Place

'This Must Be The Place' explores the intersects of femininity across cultures and history. Realized through found paper images the works combine ancient artifacts, modern objects and imagery.

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