Pollination, Opens in Bellevue, May 5th 2017
Beauty, seduction and desire; all are precursors to pollination and all are the centerpiece for these new works. They are the seeds of love and the foundation for the advancement of life. It is through them that pollination occurs, nature is created and love exists. And so it goes; this crucial cycle that begins and ends with love.
There is no better place than nature to see the role these elements of attraction play in pollination and ultimately in the survival and evolution of nearly every form of life. A flower’s beauty is not accidental. It is specifically designed to seduce pollinators. Humans are equally susceptible to their charm and while we do not pollinate flowers it does shine a light on perhaps our most important characteristic, which is to love and protect.
My own struggles with conception led me down a path of discovery on the subject and it was through this careful research that this body of work came to be. This new understanding gave me peace, patience and ultimately my first child. I am due in May around the full moon, the Flower Moon. Spring is blooming all around me, and more than ever, I feel I am a part of it.
Mixed-media artist Amy Spassov has cultivated a loyal collector base that began in the Pacific Northwest. Her process, adept and calculated, is also spontaneous and impulsive. This ebb and flow allows the artist to unearth the premise of each body of work. It is often a struggle, but in the artist’s words: “The development of each piece is as important as the finished work.”
Spassov works in layers using numerous tools, collage and paint, revealing and hiding the information as a means to deduct what is relevant. The surfaces are left with a rich topography, adorned with marks and images that are expressive and rely heavily on the relationship between order and chaos as well as beauty and pattern.
Born in 1980, Spassov currently works out of her studio in Seattle, WA, and has shown across the United States, as well as Canada and the United Kingdom. Over the last decade she has worked on a number of corporate and private commissions and has been recognized in the national publication, Studio Visit Magazine.
Watch the artist video Gretchen Gammell and Amy Spassov, 2017 exhibit >>