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Artist Statement

Incandescence: ink and essence

 

Artists are the conscience and consciousness of society. They go where others cannot, or dare not. They persuade and compel viewers to face difficult situations – have confounding conversations and carry imaginative metaphors with them – metaphors that frequently disturb and distress. These images however, also delight and deliver space for reflection. Disturb and delight – a chiaroscuro of light and dark playing in works of vivid expression is Van Amerom’s forte. She embraces the medium of ink and juxtaposes its qualities of spontaneity and control in compelling images of faces, figures and fantasy. Despite the unpredictable nature of the medium, or perhaps because of that, her work remains anchored in the gravity of process. Van Amerom captures the fragility and resilience of the human condition in her work with finesse and depth – urging the viewer to turn eyes inward and look for that personal space of reflection where awe, wonder and integrity lives.