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Conversations with Amy Boone-McCreesh

Today we’d like to introduce you to Amy Boone-McCreesh.

Hi Amy, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today.
I came to Baltimore in 2010 for graduate school (MFA) at Towson University and have been here ever since.

In 2017, I started the interview and studio visit series titled INERTIA – it was a way for me to deal with and understand the creative process through the lens of other artists because it can be very isolating and a real emotional roller coaster. The goal was to provide a website, a living archive, of contemporary artists working up and down the East Coast as well as exposure and press for those artists.

I also wanted to interview professionals that work in the arts as a way to shine a light on the many roles and people that are working hard behind the scenes to keep many creative spaces running.

As an educator, I also always have students asking questions about jobs and ways to work in the arts and the field they love. For that reason, the “Ask an Arts Professional” series became a way to talk about professional development and the reality of supporting students, art enthusiasts, and artists alike. An unintended but delightful bi-product of this entire website has been a deeper clarity of my own work and goals.

I think artists have a mutual understanding of each other, but most of our difficulties are rarely articulated to a mass audience or the world outside of the Arts. This interview and studio visit series has been a way for me to demystify the creative process and lifestyle and also debunk some of those myths about our lack of responsibility or that we are unorganized messes.

A lot of my artist friends are the most hard-working and driven people I know. Artists deserve a larger platform and nonartists deserve access to counter-culture, an alternate way of living, and at the very least exposure to local contemporary art.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
As far as starting INERTIA, there, of course, were struggles along the way. I was pretty naive about the amount of work involved in running a website and what that really means on the back end. I was doing everything, the studio visits, transcribing the interviews, formatting the photos and website, and publishing content and social media.

It turned into a real monster and I had to cut back on the frequency of the features because the website is not funded and too much for one person, especially as unpaid labor. In the past few years, my sister, who is a writer, has started to help me with transcribing and editing which has been wonderful!

As for my own studio practice, it is never a smooth road, being an artist is a really winding and bumpy but ultimately fulfilling road. One moment you can feel on top of the world and the next be filled with self-doubt – it’s an interesting and challenging life but I can’t think of anything else I would rather do!

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
My personal work is mixed media, I work in two and three dimensions and love to create installation art. I am very interested in visual signifiers of status and class and how these things present themselves culturally. Decoration and maximalism are subversive, even polarizing.

It quickly identifies taste, class, and access. I work mostly abstractly, pulling snippets of images from daily life, domesticity, and architecture. I love materials and creating all-encompassing rooms that envelope viewers in a mood. I have also done many public art pieces, including on Facebook in Washington, DC.

I like the idea of working in my studio towards an exhibition and then also being able to scale up and create works that will live out in the world in a public setting for the long term.

Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?
I am so grateful to everyone that reads INERTIA, especially those that are not artists themselves. I truly believe the Arts can be life-saving and am so happy for those that support creativity and the role creative people can play in society.

Please share the website far and wide and populate your local art galleries and museums.

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Image Credits
Jill Fannon and Vivian Doering

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