Delving into fashion’s depths (apparently there are some), artist Amie Dickie explores an obsession with fashion in her work. Creating a new-look Kate Moss courtesy of subversive cobwebs – Amie hunts for a meaning in a so-called meaningless industry.
The meaning of fashion
Since childhood, artist Amie Dickie’s parent’s fashion and design magazines surrounded the Dutch artist. Taking their perfect faces and toned bodies from the pages of the magazines, the Dickie created kaleidoscopic collages that covered her bedroom walls.
When Amie moved to New York for six months in 2001, her obsession with the pages of fashion magazines became an addiction her as lonely life in “The Big Indifferent Apple” had her seeking refuge in their glossy pages.
Her work sets out to question fashion archetypes and rules. Literally cutting the pages from magazines, she explores their meaning, searching for a truth by destroying their futility, and imposing herself on their empty spaces.
Subverting fashion principles, she erases eyes and lips, transforming figures into quirky spider webs and uses pins and nails to give magazine images a crude industrial appearance: could she be the hardest working artist? We salute her for searching for a meaning in this so-called meaningless industry…
Her works have explored the genre of sculpture too: in her exhibition “Private Property” (Peres Projects, Berlin, 2006) she showcased her daily objects as items of lust; elegantly taped in black. She embellished the trivial with metres of black, polished tape.
We’re also fans of her deteriorating deformities – sculptures in wax, marzipan and sugar, other ‘glossy ‘reflections on how the concept of flawless beauty can slip away.
Although a young artist, Amie is by no means an inexperienced one: Her work has been included in group shows in some of the most important contemporary art galleries and museums worldwide such as London’s Tate Modern and Frankfurt’s Schirn Kunsthalle in Frankfurt.
She’s also worked and collaborated for Numerò and V magazines and her collectors include photographer Mario Testino and the designers Viktor&Rolf.
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