I have been following Amy Thompson's work for years- the word evolved does not begin to express the transformation her work has adopted in as little as the past five years. Her use of collage as an expression of her concepts, "exploitation of land and resources through a dramatic manipulation of transcendent landscapes," she writes in her artist statement of the series Monument, is demonstrative of how world of collage can be utilized in a sophisticated and deeply poignant manner in art.
My issue with collage: when used improperly, it's kitsch as hell... in the bad sense. But when placed in the hands of artists the likes of Amy Thompson and Sophie Jodoin you have a dynamic play of referential anchors (images collected pulling us into a world of nostalgia, media, or documentation) and the artists' imagination pushing us toward the re-contextualization of these images.
Thompson's work like my previous post on Jessica Bell offers us not just an object to observe but a place to go, to enter- a trait that is paramount in creating a successful piece of art. Thompson is currently in the R&D phase of a new series that I will be posting on this coming year (stay tuned!) but in the mean time you can see more of her work in Ottawa's Chinatown Remixed at Pygmalion Spa from September 19th, 2015 to October 19th, 2015.