Amy Harrison is a self-taught artist currently living in Indianapolis, IN. She began
working with collage and mixed media in 2003. Since that time she has built an
art business through exhibiting and teaching. She has exhibited her work at the
Indianapolis Art Center and at several prestigious art fairs including The One Of
A Kind Show (Chicago), Winterfair, Penrod, The Broad Ripple Art Fair, and the
Indiana Art Fair at the Indiana State Museum.
Because Amy is not traditionally trained as an artist, she has the advantage of
living outside the rules. She doesnʼt restrict her materials or her design; she
allows herself to “play.” She loves the kooky and the nostalgic. Whimsy is a large
part of her work. She embraces the postmodern feel of collage. She believes we
are all made up of the different pieces that others have left in us, through DNA,
through mutual experience, or through the bonding of souls with whom we have
connected. Collage seems to depict this in a very honest and appealing way. It
draws the viewer and the artist together, as well as the past and the present.
Her inspiration comes from her passions: friendship, travel, history and the arts.
Her “Drinking Series” was inspired by my friendships and the camaraderie of
sharing a glass or a mug together. “The Bill of Rights” is a series that sprang
from her love of history and her current struggles with politics. Through her
series, “The Nine Muses,” she examines her creative process. “The Truth About
Things” is a series of collages that express what it is like to be a woman at the
beginning of the post-modern era, specifically from her point of view.
Amyʼs digital design and handmade books are small objects dʼart intended to be
treasured gifts. Her keepsake books are entirely handmade with envelopes for
pages, accordion bindings, and various ribbons or hardware for closures. The
envelope pages are made from a variety of papers including vintage sheet music
and antique maps. Every book is unique and can be easily personalized.