Aimee creates abstract paintings, rich in visual variety and idiosyncratic mark making. She works intuitively, using bold emphatic marks with overlapping layers of colourful shapes, considered flowing lines, gritty textures and scribbled symbols.
Her gestural approach to painting employs mixed media, including acrylics, sumi ink, soft pastels, charcoal, gouache, watercolour and oil pastels. She makes her own brushes from transient materials, including pine needles and dried wild flora, to create genuine distinctive marks. Aimee prefers the immediacy and tactile experience of working on paper. She feels it strikingly emphasises her dense and subtle mark-making techniques and she enjoys working with the elegance and flexibility of high-quality papers.
Her latest body of work relates to her research on early cabinets of curiosities, collections of diverse objects and fragments, artfully displayed as visual spectacles of wonder. Meant as microcosms of the known universe, cabinets of curiosity encouraged multiple interpretations and unexpected juxtapositions between specimens from nature, science and the arts. Aimee seeks to replicate such stimulating visual environments and meaning-making experiences within her paintings.
She is influenced by her exposure to a diverse range of museum objects found in collections across Europe and the US. Her interest in the work of Jean Dubuffet, Joan Miró and the sculptor William Mitchell specifically informs her paintings and drawings. Aimee’s process involves establishing creative flow through play, including automatic drawing and deep daydreaming stimulated by ambient and electronic music
Aimee grew up in Michigan in the American Midwest and lived in Italy before settling the UK in 1998. She became a self-taught artist after graduating from the University of Oxford with a Master of Studies and Doctorate in the History of Art. She works in her studio in Formby on the Sefton Coast near Liverpool in the UK.
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