The signifiers of status and class present themselves culturally in overt and nuanced ways. Logos of high fashion, cars, and grand architecture are predictable ways to display wealth, even if it is perceived. What about the subtle visual ways culture and society delineate class? Class is evident from the view outside one’s window, the level of access and choice in self-care, to the types of fabric in a home. I use an abstracted version of this materialistic visual vocabulary to ask questions that challenge classist structures, but also to tantalize with maximalist aesthetics. Highly saturated colors and a rich variety of textures create an initial attraction, while at the same time questioning assumptions of “good” taste. With this work, I push against the cross-cultural ideas of beauty and perception of class. This maximal and decorative aesthetic is partnered with detailed and hand-driven processes often associated with craft. The utilization of technology and digital components are combined with the handmade processes to create a direct shift in value and labor. These decisions aim to mimic the seemingly arbitrary lines that are drawn to signify cultural markers of luxury, mass production, and the defining features of access.
About the artist
Amy Boone-McCreesh was born on Loring Air Force Base to a British mother and American father. Currently she is based in Baltimore, MD with interests in the connections between aesthetic leanings within economic and cultural status. She has a heightened visual awareness of the ways people and spaces flaunt class, taste, and access. Amy received her MFA from Towson University in Maryland, and shortly thereafter was awarded a two-year Hamiltonian Artist Fellowship in Washington, DC. Her work has been included in exhibitions across the country, notably at Mixed Greens (NY, New York, 2015), Transmitter Gallery (Brooklyn, NY, 2015), Transformer Gallery (Washington DC (2015), Terrault in Baltimore, MD, and supported by institutional exhibitions at Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA, Goucher College, in Baltimore, MD and Marymount University in Alexandria, VA. Amy’s large-scale works have been acquired by the Department of State in the U.S. Consulate in Monterrey, Mexico (Art in Embassies, 2013), Facebook (2019), and Capital One (2018). Her work is featured in New American Paintings (issues 106 and 118) and Handmade Life, published by Thames and Hudson (2016). Amy is also a two-time recipient of the Maryland State Arts Council individual artist award for works on paper.
In addition to her own studio practice, Amy has a committed relationship
to visual arts education as well as curating and running INERTIA. A website dedicated to studio visits, artist interviews, and providing a voice for artists to create context for their work outside of critical dialogue. Amy is currently adjunct faculty at Maryland Institute College of Art. www.amyboonemccreesh.com
About 355 Pod Space
The 355 Pod Space is an off-site exhibition space, launched in 2017, as a partnership between VisArts and Rockville Town Square, a Federal Realty Investment Trust property. The space provides local artists with an opportunity to bring their ideas and work to life, and is located on Hungerford Drive near the entrance to Rockville Town Square’s Garage A.
Directions to 355 Pod Space from VisArts: Turn right when you exit the building, you will be on Gibbs Street. At Beall Avenue (at the first “Stop” sign), turn right. Stay on Beall Avenue until you reach Hungerford Drive (Route 355). Turn right at Hungerford Drive (Route 355). Walk beyond the CVS. The 355 Pod Space will be on your right, just after the entrance to the parking garage.
About Federal Realty
Founded in 1962, Federal Realty’s mission is to deliver long term, sustainable growth through investing in densely populated, affluent communities where retail demand exceeds supply. Federal Realty’s 104 properties include approximately 3,000 tenants, in 24 million square feet, and over 2,600 residential units. For additional information about Federal Realty and its properties, visit www.federalrealty.com.Learn More