As the 19th century gave us radical new ways to experience and move through space with the plane, train, and automobile, my work addresses our present, even more radically different experience of space driven by the multifaceted virtual worlds of the internet’s network spaces. My drawings, paintings, and installations are infused with information friction and subscribe to modes of representation of new virtual spaces and special effects to build architectures of fictional space. Notational devices drawn from digital architecture, interaction design, and digital mapping schemata clash with exploding vectors, imploding pathways, and webs of connectivity. A walk through of my exhibitions is intended to bring a spatial and bodily awareness of the many interfaces to the ‘CLOUD’s’ invisible networks and intersections that infuse our everyday environments connecting us across physical boundaries. I aim for the viewer to experience layered cartographies melding disparate worlds, whose multifaceted surfaces echo one’s intuitive movement and interaction in an ultra dynamic hyper-world.
Amy Schissel is a Canadian artist based in Miami, Florida. She obtained her MFA from the University of Ottawa and has recently been awarded a Joan Mitchell Painting and Sculpture Award, and a 2019 Joan Mitchell Foundation summer residency in New Orleans. In 2013 she received Ottawa’s Royal Bank of Canada Emerging Artist Award and in 2011 was a finalist in the RBC Canadian Painting Competition and National Tour. Schissel was also Canada’s 2009 Brucebo Fine Arts Award Recipient. Recent exhibitions include NYC’s Armory Show, VOLTA Basel, VOLTA NY, Fine Art Museum at West Virginia University, Huntington Museum of Art, Juliet Art Museum, U Florida State Museum of Fine Arts, Pittsburgh Centre for the Arts, University of Brussels Gallery, Carleton University Art Gallery, and Patrick Mikhail Gallery. Ms. Schissel has lectured across the country and internationally including in Halifax, Toronto, Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York. Collections include the West Virginia University Art museum, Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, New Zealand Consulate, University of Brussels, Gotland Museum of Fine Art, the City of Ottawa, and Canada’s Council for the Arts. Recent Projects have been granted funding by the Canada Council for the Arts, Sustainable Arts Foundation, and Joan Mitchell Foundation. Schissel is represented by Patrick Mikhail Gallery in Montreal.