These collected books explore the relationship between words, imagery, and expressions of time and movement. Pursuing the relationship between ideas and the physical configuration of materials, within a discrete space, is a fundamental thread in Amy's work. This thread is expressed in the three dimensional space of site and garden design, the two dimensional space of drawings, and the sequenced patterning of the page. Within this collection of artist's books, three dimensional spaces become compressed and abstracted; time is expressed as each book is experienced, page by page and fold by fold.
"shroud, a proposal for reframing the power and telling the true stories of four Confederate monuments on Richmond’s Monument Avenue"
“shroud” is proposed in support of reimagining the nature of monuments, rethinking their place in communities and choosing which stories to tell through inclusive conversations. At the core of this proposal is a fundamental faith in the power of public art and public spaces to tell our collective stories and impact how we define ourselves. In the short term, the monuments are more powerful altered than absent. Altering the monuments will help begin a longer term conversation about alternatives that support the diversity of our communities.
"shroud" is a limited edition of twelve case bound proposals, with archival book board and cloth, digital prints and recessed, hand riveted screen. Sources: City of Richmond GIS; altered postcards; historic photo of Lee monument unveiling, 1890; drawing of Yucca filamentosa, Amy Arnold
"shroud" is included in the collection of the University of Virginia's Rare Book School.
more discussion on the nature of monuments at Monument Lab, Mural Arts in Philadelphia and "Reimagining Monuments to Make Them Resonate Locally and Personally" by Gregory Sholette for Hyperallergic
"and capture the moon"
"And capture the moon" is a story about marking ground, digging a protected hole, allowing rain water to fill the hole, reflecting the sky on the surface of the water and capturing the reflection of the moon. An elemental story, "and capture the moon" invites a broad range of interpretation and allows inclusion of meanings from multiple perspectives. The book suggests ideas about marking ground, defining levels of protection and allowing disruption as a catalyst for resulting wonder. "And capture the moon" celebrates the fundamental abstraction inherent in compressing and combining the earth and sky. "And capture the moon is a limited edition of twelve folded, die cut, archival giclée prints of graphite drawings with vellum insets.
"And capture the moon" was included in the 2016 Virginia Arts of the Book Center annual member project Handmade Harvest and in the book arts exhibit BUILT at 23 Sandy Gallery in Portland, Oregon in the spring of 2017.
In "Kalendarium Hortense", soil, wood, seed and sky are configured and arranged, describing actions necessary to manage seasonal change and establish boundaries, building sanctuary in the face of sudden disruption. Simultaneously abstract and figurative, garden, gardener and gardening are compressed in a conversation of change, disruption and renewal. Moments from personal stories and larger metanarratives are expressed in each of the drawings included within the book. The book is designed to create three, internal spaces within the pages: the surface of the central space is continuously covered with a drawing of wooden fencing and hedging (highlighted with color), with the two adjacent spaces configured with the images of chain link fencing. "Kalendarium Hortense"is an edition of 25 giclée, case bound, artist books.
"Kalendarium Hortense" was exhibited in the books arts exhibit BUILT at 23 Sandy Gallery in Portland, Oregon in the spring of 2017 and is included in the Book and Paper Arts Collection at the University of Washington, Seattle and the Artist Book Collection in Special Collections at James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia.