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Amy Gross

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20151220232445-amygrosssporamutatusnp1
Spora Mutatus, 2015 Fiber, Mixed Media 90" X 70" X 14" © Amy Gross
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Spora Mutatus, detail, 2015 Fiber, Mixed Media 90" X 70" X 14" © Amy Gross
20151220232515-amygrosssporamutatusnp2
Spora Mutatus, detail, 2015 Fiber, Mixed Media 90" X 70" X 14" © Amy Gross
20151220232524-amygrosssporamutatusnp4
Spora Mutatus, detail, 2015 Fiber, Mixed Media 90" X 70" X 14" © Amy Gross
20151220232532-amygrosssporamutatusnp3
Spora Mutatus, detail, 2015 Fiber, Mixed Media 90" X 70" X 14" © Amy Gross
20151220233953-amygrossaggregatingvivarium
Aggregating Vivarium, 2015 Fiber, Mixed Media, Glass Dome 17" X 11" X 11" © Amy Gross
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Aggregating Vivarium, 2015 Fiber, Mixed Media, Glass Dome 17" X 11" X 11" © Amy Gross
20151220234014-amygrossaggregating_vivariumdetail1
Aggregating Vivarium, detail, 2015 Fiber, Mixed Media, Glass Dome 17" X 11" X 11" © Amy Gross
20130910143642-amygross_rarifiedvivarium
Rarefied Vivarium, 2013 Mixed Media, Fiber, Glass Dome 23 © Amy Gross
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Red Blooming Biotope, 2010 Mixed Media 12" X 22" X 11" © Amy Gross
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Red Blooming Biotope, (detail) Mixed Media 12" X 22" X 11" © Amy Gross
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Red Blooming Biotope Mixed Media 12" X 22" X 11" © Amy Gross
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Climb, Cling, and Drift Away, 2011 Mixed Media 50" X 30" X 19" © Amy Gross
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Climb, Cling, and Drift Away (Detail), 2011 Mixed Media 50" X 30" X 19" © Amy Gross
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Climb, Cling, and Drift Away (Detail), 2011 Mixed Media 50" X 30" X 19" © Amy Gross
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Inconstancy, 2009 Mixed Media 31" X 22" X 5" © Amy Gross
Inconstancy2
Inconstancy, (detail) Mixed Media 31" X 22" X 5" © Amy Gross
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Symptomatic Vivarium, 2011 Mixed Media 13" X 18" X 7" © Amy Gross
20120706181941-amygrosssymptomatic
Symptomatic Vivarium, 2011 Mixed Media 13" X 18" X 7" © Amy Gross
20130623152502-amygross_ocularvivarium2
Ocular Vivarium, 2012 Mixed Media 13" X 18" X 7" © Amy Gross
20120719013118-amygrosssaprotrophicvivarium2
Saprotrophic Vivarium, 2012 Mixed Media 13" X 18" X 7" © Amy Gross
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Saprotrophic Vivarium, 2012 Mixed Media 13" X 18" X 7" © Amy Gross
20120719155609-amygrosssaprotrophicvivarium3
Saprotrophic Vivarium (detail), 2012 Mixed Media 13" X 18" X 7" © Amy Gross
20130623152041-amygross_aspiringbiotope1
Aspiring Biotope, 2013 Mixed Media, Fiber 21 " X 21"x 11" © Amy Gross
20130623152956-amygross_aspiringbiotope2
Aspiring Biotope, 2013 Mixed Media, Fiber 21 " X 21" X 11" © Amy Gross
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Conjoined, 2011 Mixed Media 40" X 38" X 10" © Amy Gross
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Conjoined (detail), 2011 Mixed Media 40" X 38" X 10" © Amy Gross
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Conjoined (detail), 2011 Mixed Media 40" X 38" X 10" © Amy Gross
20140611210724-amygrosspollinatorbiotopes
Pollinating Biotopes, 2014 Fiber & Mixed Media Each Approx. 8" - 10" Inches High © Amy Gross
20130809155505-amygross_collection4_all
Collection 4, 2013 Mixed Media, Fiber 12 Objects, Each Within 7" © Amy Gross
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Collection 3, 2012 - 2013 Mixed Media 10 Objects, All Within 5.5" Inches © Amy Gross
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Red Collection 1-20, 2014 Fiber & Mixed Media 40 Pieces, Each Approx. 4" X 4" X 4" © Amy Gross
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Red Collection 21-40, 2014 Fiber & Mixed Media 40 Objects, Each Approx. 4" X 4" X 4" © Amy Gross
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Red Collection (20 of 40 pictured), 2014 Mixed Media 40 Objects, Each Approx. 4" X 4" X 4", Wall Mounted © Amy Gross
20130504164010-amygrossskeletontrio
Skeleton Leaves, 2013 Mixed Media, Fiber Three Objects, Each Approx. Under 6" © Amy Gross
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Self-Absorbed Terrarium, 2012 Mixed Media, Glass and Aluminum Case 8.25" X 8.75" X 8.25"
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Self-Absorbed Terrarium (Detail), 2012 Mixed Media, Glass and Aluminum Case 8.25" X 8.75" X 8.25" © Amy Gross
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Blue Warbler, 2012 Mixed Media 21" X 21" X 11" © Amy Gross
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Blue Warbler, 2012 Mixed Media 21" X 21" X 11" © Amy Gross
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Blue Warbler (detail), 2012 Mixed Media 21" X 21" X 11" © Amy Gross
20140611211644-amygross_beedrifting2
Bee Drifting, 2014 Fiber, Mixed Media, Shadowbox 20" X 20" X 3" © Amy Gross
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Bee Drifting, 2014 Fiber & Mixed Media 20" X 20" X 3" © Amy Gross
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Bee Drifting, 2014 Fiber & Mixed Media 20" X 20" X 3" © Amy Gross
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Stereoscopes, 2012 Mixed Media, Glass Domes, Stereoscopes and Viewers © Amy Gross
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Stereoscopes, (Detail), 2012 Mixed Media, Glass Domes, Stereoscopes and Viewers © Amy Gross
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Stereoscopes (Detail), 2012 Mixed Media, Glass Domes, Stereoscopes and Viewers
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Contagious Mixed Media 12" X 36" X 10" © Amy Gross
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Contagious, (detail) Mixed Media 12" X 36" X 10" © Amy Gross
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Contagious, (detail) Mixed Media 12" X 36" X 10"
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Remembering what I heard and saw that night Mixed Media 16" X 33" X 3" © Amy Gross
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Samplers (2), 2010 Mixed Media Each Box 4" X 4"
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Samplers (3), 2010 Mixed Media Each Box 4" X 4" © Amy Gross
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Five minutes after it rains, 2012 Mixed Media 10" X 10" X 2"
20130809155741-amygrossamericancraftmag2
American Craft Magazine, 2013 © Amy Gross
20130920150924-amygrossbeyondnaturalbrochure
Brochure for Beyond Natural, curated by Lisa Hatchadoorian, University of North Texas, , 2013
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New X Three, Blue Spiral 1, Asheville, NC
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HESA Inprint, Botany Issue, 2011
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Generously Odd catalog cover, 2009
Ebp
Environmentalism by Proxy Catalog cover, 18 Rabbit Gallery, 2010
20110304081306-rocapage
Flowers, Follies and Other Rites of Spring RoCA March 2011
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Flowers, Follies and Other Rites of Spring, RoCA , 2011
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
New York
Lives in
Florida
Works in
Florida
Schools
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture
The Cooper Union
Representing galleries
Watson MacRae Gallery, Blue Spiral 1
Tags
sculpture, mixed-media
Statement

My pieces are my attempt to merge the natural observable world with my own inner life- I’m trying to remake nature sieved through my experiences. I’ve always been attracted and frightened by things that are in their fullest bloom but on the verge of spoiling. There’s beauty and sadness in them, heightened by the undeniable inevitability of their ending in death. This fascination and fear describes my own psychology more than I would like to admit. The process forces me to look at and think about what I would rather not – the heedlessness of time, of aging, of the stealthy undermining of illness. I began my fiber work at a time when the people closest to me were being diagnosed with illnesses we had, up until then, known little about, that had very few symptoms or signs – we had to process stories being told to us that changed the surface of everything we knew. It was an undermining by the invisible. The elements involved had no scale, the microscopic suddenly becoming, in my mind, as large as my hand. The information was its own form of symbiote, it stitched and wound its way into everything I saw and thought about. I needed to make the invisible real. I started mining nature, finding elements in it that paralleled my private world, of life merging into life, manipulating, altering each other completely. My elements mimic both the microscopic and life forms in our human eye-scale. They grow, they take over, they climb. The only rule is that my living things are not corporeal, they’re imitation, they cannot die. They diagram stages of decay and change, they don’t demonstrate them. It’s a fantasy of human control, impossible, but somehow necessary. My making these objects doesn’t fix things, it doesn’t stop time, but it holds things still, in place, for a little while.