Amy Schissel confronts the current anxieties about the role of painting in the Internet and Information Age through the development of site-specific immersive painting and video installations. It has been Schissel’s long-term project to navigate through a constant technological presence in a data-driven, media-saturated culture—through work that hybridizes painted and digital languages, while addressing contradictions of identity in geo-political relationships. Living in the age of constantly changing new media shapes our understanding of personal and collective history, as brought about by the onset of digital information technology. As the world of digitization continues to develop and our sense of space, and the radical new ways we move through it, are changing, Schissel’s projects change and evolve to address these new spaces, our movement through them, and the resultant changing cultural identity and consciousness.
Schissel’s professional practice analyzes the role of painting/drawing in the Information Age. Schissel addresses the progressively dematerialized quality of digital society by visualizing and mapping information flows that cut through time and space, seemingly negating the need of geographical location for human interaction. She reinvents our contemporary landscape, fostering a sense of civic legibility where the World Wide Web calls us to be everywhere yet nowhere at once.
Originally from Canada, Amy Schissel is based near Miami, FL where she is an Assistant Professor of Painting at the University of Miami. She earned a BFA and MFA from the University of Ottawa and is the recipient of numerous awards including: 2016 Joan Mitchell Painting and Sculpture grant; 2014 RBC Emerging Artist Award; 2011 RBC Canadian Painting Competition finalist; and Brucebo Foundation Fine Arts Award. She has exhibited internationally and has lectured about her work in Halifax, Toronto, Ottawa, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York. Her work can be found in the collections of the West Virginia Museum of Fine Art; Global Affairs Canada (Embassy of Brussels, New Zealand Consulate); University of Brussels; Gotland Museum of Fine Art; City of Ottawa Art Collection; Canada Council Art Bank; and numerous international private and corporate collections.
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