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I am currently working on a series of paintings which explore the original Alice’s Adventures
in Wonderland/Through the Looking Glass text, combined with my personal metaphors and
twists. Some of the work was displayed in Los Angeles at The Hive Gallery and Studios in
March 2011. More currently in the works.
Amy Kollar Anderson
Phyxiated : 2011 : acrylic on canvas : 12" x 14"
The Millinery Studio : 2010 : acrylic on canvas : 14" x 20"
Faceted : 2011 : acrylic on canvas : 10" x 12 "
With my paintings, I create narratives about obsession and containment to explore the
differences between being in-and-out of control. Containment is revealed through locations
with physical barriers, but it can also be addressed through the emotional or psychological
condition of the individuals. Obsession can be seen in the multitude of details, or in the
characters that are fixated with an object or idea. I attempt to find a balance between
contrasting concepts, such as control vs. chaos, attraction vs. repulsion, etc.
Keeping Check : 2011 : acrylic on canvas : 18" x 24"
In the Ring : 2010 : acrylic on canvas : 20 " x 24"
I find these worlds through an oblique path, beginning with an idea and then wandering
my way into the finished piece through multiple layers of color and patterns. Each layer
adds to the complexity of the puzzle, and in turn reveals another part of the puzzle
differently, affecting the final piece. This kind of revelation and exploration takes time,
often with changes in composition and color, but the process uncovers a more complex
and satisfying narrative than first glimpsed in that original idea.
The Laboratory : 2010 : acrylic on canvas : 10" x 16"
Ixchel : 2010 : acrylic and glitter on canvas : 10" x 16"
I enjoy the process of creating a completely new
environment in each painting, complete with new
rules about interactions and colors. The aesthetic
involves a contrast of overlapping vintage and
modern design elements and untraditional paint
choices, such as metallic, fluorescent and
interference colors. This subtle psychedelic
presentation misdirects the viewer from immediately
focusing on the issues presented, therefore adding
to the harmony and tension in the narrative.
Shasti : 2010 : acrylic and glitter on canvas : 10" x 16"
Amy Kollar Anderson grew up in the suburbs of
Chicago. Her inspirations are gathered from the work of
the Surrealists, Symbolists, Art Nouveau, and the
Decorative Arts. Intrigued by the forms, textures and
colors found in nature, she collects bits of plants, rocks,
bones, and feathers, then sorts them in jars in her
studio. Her recent Vivarium Series explores divergent
environments inside and outside the containers, and
addresses issues of environmental concern and child
Mafdet : 2010 : acrylic on canvas : 10" x 16"
Diana : 2010 : acrylic and gold foil on canvas : 10" x 16"
She received her B.F.A. from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and her Master of
Humanity with a focus in Fine Arts, from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio.
Baset : 2010 : acrylic and gold foil on canvas : 10" x 16"
Kleodora : 2010 : acrylic and gold foil on panel : 8" x 10 "
Eglé : 2010 : acrylic on canvas : 14" x 24 "
She currently lives with her husband and their three cats in Dayton, Ohio, and works as the
Gallery Coordinator for the Rosewood Gallery in Kettering, Ohio. When she is not painting,
she volunteers time with local organizations such as the SICSA Animal Shelter and the
Daybreak Youth Shelter.
Green Coat : 2010 : acrylic and glitter on canvas : 10" x 16 "
Nite Mare : 2009 : acrylic on canvas : 24" x 26"
Cultivate : 2009 : acrylic on canvas : 24 " x 28 "
The Messenger : 2009 : acrylic on canvas : 12 " x 44 "
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