Amy Friend (*1974, CA) creates multi-layered photographs that transport viewers into an emotional dream world. She devotes herself with great intensity not only to such issues as identity and the past but to the medium of photography as such. A sense of nostalgia runs like a leitmotif through her work, based, for instance, on family pictures or vintage photographs. She informs the enigmatic images of her insightful series, “Dare alla Luce”, with a new radiance by adding a scattering of small, dancing dots of light to the memories they convey. Luminous and silent at once.
Her experience of a hot summer day marks the series “Timekeeper” – time seemed to have been arrested as in a dream because of the intense heat and the beach became an enraptured, almost unreal place. Amy Friend, originally a painter, fractured the perfect scenes with white paint, heightening them by leaving a record of her emotions on that day. She thus extends the medium of photography, whose full potential has been achieved only after she has worked the surface of the pictures.
In Friend’s latest series, “Salt Soaked Sea”, water has become a crucial feature of her artistic inquiry. The ocean is incorporated into memories of times past. Her prints, dipped into seawater, show a surprising and particularly weighty materiality: Friend leaves them to dry for several weeks until all of the water has evaporated, leaving behind a surface covered with crystalline traces of salt.