About the Artist
B. 1974 Amy Cutler received her BFA from The Cooper Union School of Art in 1997. Two years later she was accepted to the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. After receiving her first solo exhibition in 2000, she has since been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions including her most recent at Leslie Tonokonow Artworks & Projects (2004) and the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City. Her work has also been included in group exhibitions around the country including; the 2004 Whitney Biennial, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the New Museum of Contemporary Art, the Kohler Art Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis and the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia.
Cutler's work has been referred to as peculiar and surreal. Her subjects are usually women and tend depict their oppression and/or repression and their struggles with traditional values of femininity. The "original myths" that she creates are influenced by her own memories, medieval history, fairy tales, and Indian Miniature paintings. Often, the open- ended narratives are populated by allegories that mimic the dark psychological undertones of the tales by the Brothers Grimm. As Cutler draws and paints mostly with gouache, understanding and embracing printmaking was not a challenge for her. She was invited by Larissa Goldston in the Spring of 2004 and completed her first lithograph that summer.