Go and get lost in the phantasmagorical world of Amy Casey. I was immediately drawn to the surreal urban landscapes of hanging buildings that make me wonder if the creators of Pixar’s Up may have looked at Casey’s work.
From her bio:
For about the last eight years, I’ve been experiencing a sporadically recurring dream about the end of the world. Animals stampeding and buildings falling into dust around me. I wake up in a panic and with a heavy sense of inevitability.
Although I’m not trying to recreate this dream in my work, I think that like my dream, my paintings reflect my view of the nervous state of affairs this world seems to be in. Inspired by natural and unnatural disasters, personal fiascos and the never-ending stream of bad news coming in from the media, the world inside my paintings has been turned (sometimes literally) upside down. The ground has crumbled underneath them and the sky is falling. In the wake of this, my created world bands together to come up with coping plans. This lets me explore the idea of anxiety and vulnerability, community, and the illusion of safety.
I am fascinated by the resilience of life. Every disaster is followed by rebirth, where we try to cobble together a plan b out of what remains. My paintings celebrate this fascination an dmy love of the urban landscape and its creatures.