United States of America
Amy Stoker is an interdisciplinary artist living and working in Brooklyn, NY. Amy received her BFA with honors from New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, and MFA from School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has conducted performances internationally in Cuba and Mexico and has been included in exhibitions domestically, including New York City and Chicago. In 2019, Amy was an artist-in-residence at Pike School of Art in McComb, Mississippi, and Casa Lü in Mexico City, Mexico. Currently, she is a part-time faculty member in the First-Year Study program Parsons School of Design in NYC where she has been granted faculty development awards and fellowships to support her work on anti-oppression pedagogy.
Food is a language that expresses its culture. By activating its performative qualities, Amy Stoker utilizes the symbolism, traditions, and rituals centered around food in the United States by looking at how race and gender are reflected in material culture. Amy uses food, cooking tools, and symbols of regionalist pride and nostalgia as a language of auto-ethnography. In addressing her own subjectivity as a white woman raised in the American South, the installations, performances, and sculptures she creates acknowledge the tension between her intrinsically complicit role within a white-dominated society, and her drive to push back against a patriarchal system that domesticates women.
During Frontier, my group collaborated on a living asset map that functions as a resource for the cohort and will connect us even after our time with ´ace. We understood the value of the network we had in front of us and wanted to find a way to sustainably support one another. Our asset map contains an editable world map wherein members of the cohort can contribute skills they both can offer and are looking to receive. The map charts the outreach of our network all over the world to be realized both online and offline.
1991 | Valdosta, Georgia, USA
Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY, USA
2017 | Teachers College, Columbia University, TESOL Certificate Program
2015 | School of the Art Institute of Chicago, MFA, Film, Video, New Media, & Animation
2013 | New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, BFA, Photography and Imaging
2019 | Mi casa es su casa, Casa Lü, Parque Hundido, Mexico City, MX
2018 | White Anxieties, WhiteBox Gallery, New York, NY
2018 | Food Chain, RE:ARTISTE, Gallery MC, New York, NY
2018 | From Miniscule to Monumental, LIC Arts Open, The Factory, Long Island City, NY
2016 | Acts of Sedition, WhiteBox Gallery, New York, NY
2019 | Casa Lü, Parque Hundido, Artist-in Residence, Mexico City, Mexico
2019 | Pike School of Art, Artist-in-Residence, McComb, MS
Exhibitions, Together Apart
#3 | FRONTIER: results
Artists in dialogue
Frontiers as geopolitical frontiers, as cultural, biopolitical; frontiers as limits and as separations within the artistic disciplines, frontiers as hegemonic considerations of our bodies and identities…were some of the approaches on FRONTIER general theme in the Together Apart Program #3 session.
Through 4 encounters we collectively and individually created ideas and artworks which explored a non-binary approach of the topic. The participant artists also had the possibility to dialogue with Kristina Borg and Liz Ingram & Bernd Hildebrant, international artists and former ´ace artists-in-residence, invited to present their contributions and explorations in relation to the topic. For this session we also gave priority to moments of peer review or collective feedback and to open discussions which drifted through issues of art and therapy, art and research, participatory art, the complexity of artistic collaboration and how collective practice appears to be a right to claim even more in moments of isolation.
Through different theoretical readings and artistic references, and through the proposals of each of the participant artists, we identified the importance of liminal states, the non-binary, we assumed the difficulty of inhabiting the in-between but also recognized that art practice is what allows us to live in ambiguous states and to constantly raise questions. We also explored other practices as breathing techniques, meditation and knowledge and skills sharing as methods to break through discriminative or isolating frontiers.
Using poetry, film, online performances, video art and the creation of a network for artists through the method of “participatory asset mapping”, the artists from this cohort created in search of commonalities in their migrant’s everyday experiences, resonances among the natural conditions of the places they live in, the links among their identities and psychological researches and in search of practical collaborations to continue working in the future.
DANIELA RUIZ MORENO | curator-in-residence