Amy Thompson

Amy Thompson’s work investigates the capacity of children to see beyond the noumenal world. This power manifests itself in many aspects of childhood, from innocence to deviance, or from playfulness to provocation. Recent work combines the heads of birds with the bodies of young girls. This surreal co-mingling of human and animal, predator and prey, tale and truth, fosters the idea of magic realism that has developed in her work and reiterates a sense of strange enchantment. Thompson’s art is informed by fairytales, storybooks and magic realism, whereby she strives to capture the intangible.

Amy Thompson is an Ottawa-based mixed media artist and graphic designer. She studied Fine Art at York University and graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design (Toronto/Florence, Italy) in 1995. She became a member of Ottawa's Enriched Bread Artists in 2002. Amy has exhibited her work in Ottawa, Toronto, New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Paris. Recent exhibitions include Animalia, Ottawa Art Gallery, October 2006; Kinder, Dale Smith Gallery, Ottawa, 2006; One Night Stand, La Petite Mort Gallery, Ottawa, 2005; Doe, Emoda Gallery, Louisville, Kentucky 2005; Les Filles de la fin du Monde, P'tit Bouchon, Paris, 2005; Up to no good, Dale Smith Gallery, Ottawa, 2004. Amy has received support from the Canada Council and the Ontario Arts Council.

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