Interview with Amy Lincoln

May 11th 2010

Interview with Amy Lincoln

Amy Lincoln paints the world around her, yet not as it actually is, or even as she sees it, but more as she imagines it would be if she were able to recreate it as her own new 2 dimensional world.  She also seems to posses a huge collection of potted plants.

IS: Your paintings create very staged scenes, likening them to props or characters, as if they all form a larger imagined world you are creating.  What relationships do you see each of your works as having with each other?

AL: The paintings are all views into an internal world, sort of like the inside of my brain.  The portraits are visions of my friends, not necessarily as they are, but as I think of them.  The self-portraits include a lot of objects in my studio and living space, but I think of them not as depictions of that space so much as images of an interal, psychological space that aspects of my self occupy.

IS: How do you chose the subjects you paint?

AL:  Self-portraiture has always been central to my art practice, as have portraits of people in my life.  The plant paintings have come out of having some potted polants in my studio that I tend to and look at often.  All the subjects in my paintings are things I see and interact with on a daily basis.

IS: I always find painting or drawing quite a solitary act.  Would you agree with this? To what extent do you need interaction with and feedback from other people when developing your work?

AL:  Solitude and lack of distraction is imporant to making the work, but I need a lot of interaction with other people as well to feel happy and function well, including in the studio.  Its also very imporant that I have feedabck from others about the work.  It is a way of interacting with the world, so it is important part of my process to hear peoples’ reactions.

IS: What direction do you see your work taking in the future? How much consideration do you give this when making your work?

AL:  I would like to bring back a bit more direct observaton in the figure paintings.  I used to paint entirely from observation and in recent years the work is almost entirely from memory.  I am always reacting to the work, and the way forward is usually something that I feel out intuitively..

IS: Are you working on anything in particular at the moment?

AL: I have just arrived in Tokyo for the summer, so the work will change somehwat because I am living in a different apartment in a different culture, but the main ideas will, I think, remain the same.

IS: What exhibitions/work have you seen recently that you would recommend checking out?

AL: Loved the recent David Hockney show at Pace and the William Kentridge show at MOMA.