1978 · United States
Deeply probing the connections between a work of art and its viewer, American artist Amy Finkelstein calls on photography to become the means of abandoning art’s formal characteristics and embracing the essence of total abstraction.
Though the medium of photography is one with a reputation for its accuracy and truth to nature, Finkelstein upends that expectation by doing away with any documentary qualities to her work. For Finkelstein, the process of creation is about the exploration of meaning and message, and she facilitates this exploration for both herself and her viewer by conjuring a rich web – both metaphorical and literal – of patterns and symbols in her work.
Born in South Carolina, Finkelstein completed an MFA with the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. She has enjoyed the showcase of her work in both gallery and fair settings, including the 2018 solo exhibition of her work at the Elizabeth Houston Gallery in New York, and she has also been praised with high accolades. In addition to her receipt of the Deans Discretionary Award during her time studying in Boston, Finkelstein garnered the Aaron Siskind Individual Photographer’s Fellowship, and she was also a Trawick Award Finalist in 2017. Her work has been featured in several publications and is also in the permanent collection of the Contemporary Museum of Casoria in Naples, Italy.