ARTIST AMY DOVERDecember 1, 2012
If you’ve popped into our UO Newcastle store recently, you may have noticed a damn cool bit of art sitting there! What is it? Asides from being really nice to look at, it was the inner workings of a creative mind belonging to Amy Dover. Why is it there? Because we invited Ms. Dover down to create an installation based on the word Winter.
Let us tell you about Amy. She’s an artist – a bloody good one at that – and she creates illustrations of animals. These are no ordinary illustrations; Amy’s work portrays animals in a whole new light. They are deep and full of emotion, not to mention extremely good looking!
Check out the pictures of the installation party, and keep on scrollin’ down for an exclusive interview with the lady herself…
Amy was kind enough to share a few words with us about the installation, and we tried our best to delve inside an artists mind.
Hello Amy! How are you? Where are you right now?
I’m in the Lit and Phil library in Newcastle, hiding. I like to come here and draw, particularly from the antique natural history books.
The installation looks fantastic! What was the inspiration behind the display?
Thanks! I really enjoyed creating it. My inspiration was winter. I didn’t want to do cheesy winter; I wanted to take it darker. My artwork always has a narrative running through, so I wanted to tell a story. The idea was an abandoned house where nature has crept in. Trees have burst through, snow has covered the rooms and the pictures are falling off the walls. It looks like the animals have moved in. I wanted some traces of humanity left, but overall nature has taken back over. I cut out 100 meters of paper to create the installation and the hare is nearly two meters wide. Impact was important too…
Your images run high with emotion, reflected upon animals we would rarely associate with such feelings, what first attracted you to using animals in your art?
I’ve always drawn animals, I’m from a small village with Foxes, badgers, owls, pheasants… I like to tell tales, a glimpse into another world.
If you could be any animal, what would you be?
I love Kodiak bears but I don’t like eating people… Or maybe an arctic fox because I’m very pale with white hair, and I like to chase rabbits.
Your images display a high level of detail. Talk us through the process of creating a masterpiece…
After I come up with the concept of what I want to create, I collect images to draw from for reference. I’ll sketch it out and then get drawing. I also collect taxidermy, which is handy to draw from too (or maybe that’s an excuse to buy more!)
You have travelled all over the place displaying your art, but where is your favorite place to be?
I spend half of my time in London! I’m always travelling up and down. I’ve just been to an exhibition at the Wellcome Collection; it’s about death and I recommend everyone pays a visit. It’s pretty awesome. I also like the wilds of Northumberland. It has amazing castles on beautiful beaches, haunted manor houses and creepy forests.
What is the weirdest thing you’ve ever drawn?
I draw a lot of dead things which some people find weird, and I’ve just drawn a squirrel inside a bear’s mouth.
Aside from drawing, what do you like to do with your time?
I suppose I have the pasttimes of an old man, reading books, going to museums and galleries, as well as drinking copious amounts of rum.
Where do you see yourself in four years time?
I’m not sure. My work seems to be popular in LA so it would be cool to end up there for a bit. Hopefully I will still be drawing creatures and sending them all over the world. But maybe I’ll get to travel with them more.
Tell us a joke…
The only joke I can ever remember is…
Who is the coolest guy in the Hospital?
The ultra sound guy.
We heard when he’s off sick they use the “hip” replacement guy
You can find out more about Amy Dover HERE, you’ll find galleries and prints of visual treats!