Amy Faris

Gallery Aferro’s 4th Recipient of the Sustainable Arts Fellowship

Amy Faris was born in central New Jersey and has lived in Philadelphia, New York and Detroit. She received her MFA in painting from the New York Academy of Art.

Her work can be explained as personal investigations into the formation of identity within the home environment, where it is subjected to the combined pressures of memory and domestic relationships. Her drawings and installations utilize the simplest art-identified materials (graphite, paper, paint) in combination with building materials (sheet rock, joint compound, wood, plaster) and household objects/detritus (furniture, lint, clothing). Her choice of materials and deliberate, handcrafted process are an intentional meditation on the constructive nature of identity evolution. Her work has recently been included in Black and White, Site: Brooklyn, Onward, 2018 Outsider Art Fair, NY, Et Tu Art Brute, Andrew Edlin Gallery, NY and in Small Works at the Mikhail Zakin Gallery in Demarest, NJ.

She has been the recipient of a Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation grant for residency at the Vermont Studio Center, a Domestic Scholarship from the Kosciuszko Foundation, and a Leslie T. and Frances U. Posey Foundation Scholarship for graduate level study.

She is the 2018 Sustainable Arts Foundation Artist in Residence at Aferro Gallery in Newark, NJ.

In addition to her studio practice, Amy is an adjunct professor in the visual arts departments of Brookdale Community College, Lincroft, NJ and Georgian Court University, Lakewood, NJ and is the founder and former coordinator of the Brookdale Visiting Artist Program.