Amy Mae

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With a mild case of commitment phobia, Amy Mae toys with a number of mediums but is most recognised for her narrative and metal stamping. Her work is a typically rudimentary and boisterous underpinned with a dark sense of humour. Amy Mae had a short love affair with Poland and spent a semester at Krakow Art Academy where she failed her dissertation and gained a taste for 35mm film. She graduated from Newcastle University with a BA Hons in Fine Art in 2012 and set up her first professional workshop in York.  With a few solo exhibitions under her belt [most of which in her most loved haunts] Amy Mae continues her practice now in Newcastle and is forever exploiting new work and collaborations.

How would you describe what you do?
I’m a dyslexic, hopeless romantic, ridden with catholic guilt and a longing to make art. I’m fundamentally a mixed-media artist but in past years have concentrated on narrative and metal stamping. I make work fast, impulsively and fluidly. My subject matter is raw and confrontational; it can be perceived as shallow however my intent is to make accessible art.

What do you feel is the most important thing about your work?
The realisation of how simple it is. I can string complicated sentences and conceptual meanings together but right now, I just make work that people can digest!

What keeps you motivated to create, and keep creating work?
I find momentum hard. Here’s a cliché that will make you laugh. I’m a bit like an addict in the sense I tend to binge and overdose until I crash and then I’ll go cold turkey for a while. I feel like when I’m off the drug [art] I will never get back on it and sometimes that feels like it lasts forever but before I know it, a trigger is pulled and I relapse right back into my vice again.

Who, what, where or how do you get your first inspirations?
Everything and nothing depending on my mood.

What has been your biggest success, or source of pride?
Just to keeping on going and making work. There’s no better feeling, than when someone just get’s it/me/my work.

What do you think are the important issues facing yourself, and your industry at the moment?
Getting through art school was my biggest issue! Facing the real world is a treat. I think the art world/industry will always be a monster but it’s dirty and it’s excites me.

Have any relationships, friendships, business or otherwise, been significant in shaping your work as it is now?
Yes terribly! All of the above, I’m effected by people daily. I’m a barmaid, it’s an occupational hazard.

What would you do with the perfect Sunday afternoon?
In bed hungover laying next to someone I think is amazing. Playing records with the windows open and nothing to make me move apart from the promise of a perfect dinner.

And finally, who should Corinne& be profiling next?
Pulled Print Club – Jade Sweeting is a D.I.Y silk screen printer. She’s a progressive creative, whose work excites me. Her work is honest and heartfelt. She’s got a beautiful way of making things uncomplicated.