Through my visionary works, I ask viewers to question their physical reality by offering a perspective where the tangible coexists with a fluid spiritual realm. By merging figurative elements into sacred landscapes, I create a space where boundaries are challenged. Animal allies emerge from the body, stones, and fiery coals, urging release and transformation. A self-portrait merges with the Green Man, a medieval ceiling boss carving. Standing stones become figural threshold guardians.
To encourage viewers to enter these worlds, I create participatory experiences and multi-component painting installations to provide an active role and sense of place. I employ imagery from the Celtic Otherworld, meditation, and dreams, drawing from a personal mythos based on my ancient ancestry. From this sacred perspective, I hope to reconnect viewers with nature and its innate healing.
~ Amy Funderburk