Amy Schissel – PATRICK MIKHAIL GALLERY, Ottawa
Born 1978 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Since becoming a finalist in the 2011 RBC Canadian Painting Competition, Amy Schissel’s paintings have addressed the information age and the progressively dematerialized quality of our data-driven culture by visualizing information flows that cut across cities, hover over continents, and seemingly negate the need of geographical location for human interaction. Her works are an imaginative reinvention of contemporary landscape and have become a means to re-insert a sense of civic legibility where the World Wide Web calls us to be everywhere and nowhere at once.
Schissel subscribes to digital processes with the aim of reappraising the traditional language of abstract drawing and painting. She examines how abstraction can be coaxed out of being "old media" with the application of digital/electronic language to the painterly field. Schissel continues to discover that painting’s progressively wide "bandwidth" and low-tech, shape-shifting capabilities lend access to spaces and meanings that are not necessarily obtainable through scientifically plotted coordinates.