My works reflects the varied roles I play; as an activist, artist and educator. My practice takes a critical view of a variety of social, political and cultural issues. I am interested in using multiple media to tell critical stories and have at various times employed film, video, animation, theatre, photography, poetry, fiction and memoir. Frequently engaging with communities and collectives, I have engaged subjects as diverse as gender, sexuality, fetish, cancer, homelessness, migration, HIV/AIDS, labor relations, Palestinian struggles and girl’s issues. Although I use multiple methodologies in creating work, at the heart of many of my projects are individual narratives, usually stemming from interviews.
Using my initial artistic training in film, I have recently been exploring live performance as a site for hybrid artworks specifically in works that combine performance, visual art and music (most notably as a projectionist/performer for Shary Boyle’s Everything Under The Moon and with Sean Frey for performances at the Royal Ontario Museum, Music Gallery and SummerWorks Theatre Festival). My 2012 installations Black Water (created for Tete a Tete Media Talks in Sackville, New Brunswick) and Heavy Sleep (for Nuit Blanche in the Gladstone Hotel ballroom) used multiple film and video projections combined with sculptural structures to create elaborate and shifting landscapes. www.amysiegel.com
Gladstone Grow Op: Exploring landscape and place, is a four-day event that celebrates innovative ideas and conceptual responses to landscape and place across a broad range of creative practices. Grow Op will explore new territories and uncover new ways of expression and meaning through projects that represent a wide range of approaches from the prosaic to the poetic, the elemental to the ephemeral.
April 25 – 28, 2013