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Amy Williams
"#187 – HE SAID IT WAS A LIE", ink, pencil, gouache, found vintage book, poetry

2019

$250

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"#187 – HE SAID IT WAS A LIE" is from Amy Williams' series A Farewell to Arms – wherein the artist is working directly onto page 187 of a found copy of Ernest Hemingway's WWII romance novel. The artist selects certain words and phrases from the page to isolate as a poem, and then draws, inks, redacts and paints the rest of the page according to the text. Here the poem reads: "He / said it was a lie. / The / bastard / will be cut off." Like other pages in this series, Amy Williams' treatment of Hemingway's pages packs a solid punch of criss-crossing intentions and interpretations – i.e. Hemingway the war-correspondent, the masculine world traveler and author of several key texts in American literature, surrenders his words to an artist's paint, ink and collage practice, resulting in selected words, a poem excavated, the specific language of the page finding a visual expression. Here on page 187, the bastard's lie has clearly cut deep and for that, he'll pay a price. From Amy Williams – "My recent work is focused on making treated book pages using a found vintage copy of "A Farewell to Arms" by Ernest Hemingway. I was inspired by Tom Phillips' "A Humument", and I'm working my way through each page of Hemingway's book. I select specific words and phrases to create a poem, then I create artwork to embellish the page. The final product is both poetry and visual art." Amy Williams is a photographer and mixed media artist living and working in Brooklyn, NY. Born in Fort Worth, Texas in 1977, Williams received her BFA from the University of Texas at Austin in 1999. Trained in traditional photographic methods, Williams continues to embrace these techniques despite the digital revolution of the photography world. Her photographs have been featured in the French art magazine Frog, as well as the windows of Saks Fifth Avenue in New York City. Williams has exhibited extensively at 440 Gallery in Brooklyn and has been included in two group shows at Galerie de Multiples in Paris, France. Her work is in corporate and private collections in New York, Washington D.C., Paris France, and Dijon France.

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