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Amy Talluto








In The Devil's Dream, Talluto's investigates the impact of nature, and natural space on the mind. Individual works describe scenes that are bright, lush and flowering, or sometimes dissonant, murky and foreboding. Tree branches twist and writhe, color turns acidic, and sky flattens to meet form. Contrasting areas of dense hyper-detail with areas of breathe-ability, Talluto wrangles anxiety with visual relief. Snippets of the saturated under-painting peak out and are left raw. Heavily painted areas of density and deformity creep in, creating a final puzzle-locking composition that confuses the appearance of flatness and space, invented and natural color, and ugliness and beauty.

In tandem to the paintings, Talluto works with mechanical pencil on paper creating drawings that specifically explore idiosyncrasies and sculptural qualities in natural forms. A forest fire charred landscape in Montana, as well as a lone urban park tree in New York are visually investigated bringing themes of gravitas, silence, and the grotesque / beautiful in nature to the fore.

BFA / Washington University, St. Louis , MFA / School of Visual Arts New York
Residencies include... The Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT, Ucross Foundation in Ucross, WY and The Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild in Woodstock, NY, where she was awarded a Pollack-Krassner residency sponsorship.