Amy Herrmann is a photographer who works with the female body to investigate cultural constructions of femininity. Questioning societies depiction of normal, Amy contrasts porcelain skin against unshaven armpits. ‘I enjoy the strong play of contradiction between aesthetic beauty and the grotesque within my work and aim to bring to light themes of the unknown.’
Feminine as well as feminist, the photographic works use digital techniques to reconstruct gender identity against the grain of contemporary media. Her recent series uses a round format as a peephole, presenting glimpses of women caught in compromised states of femininity. Through the exaggeration and amplification, Amy uses humor to question why western society is offended by ‘unsightly’ aspects of women’s bodies. These works are political as well as personal, drawing from a feminist discourse that appropriates the artists body as a site for investigation.
Amy Herrmann is an Adelaide based artist working with photomedia. She graduated with a Bachelor of Visual Arts, (Honours) from the South Australian School of Art in 2013. Herrmann undertook a Parsons Paris Creative Residency at the Parsons Paris School of Art and Design in 2011. She held a solo exhibition titled In The Flesh at the Brunswick Street Gallery (VIC) in 2011. She has exhibited at FotoFreo in Perth and in Adelaide at The Mill, The Tunnels, Tooth and Nail Gallery, and was included in the 2012 and 2014 Helpmann Academy Graduate Exhibition.
image: Amy Herrmann, Suck and Stretch, 2013, giclee print on Photorag, 40 x 51cm