Amy Feigley-Lee Plays with Perception in Vintage Wallpaper Sculptures — Colossal
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Amy Feigley-Lee Plays with Perception in Vintage Wallpaper Sculptures — Colossal



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#Amy Feigley-Lee
#collage
#found objects
#geometric
#paper
#vintage

June 18, 2024

Kate Mothes

a geometric wall artwork with a deep, shaped panel overlaid with strips of colorful vintage wallpaper in a woven pattern that plays with perspective

“Untitled Wallpaper Abstraction #36” (2024), found wallpaper on birch panel, 36 x 48 x 8 inches. Photo by Tim Johnson. All images © Amy Feigley-Lee, shared with permission

From a distance, Amy Feigley-Lee’s colorful compositions are ambiguous and alluring. Are they woven? Protruding? Hollow? The closer one moves, details of meticulously-layered strips of wallpaper emerge on deep, geometric panels. Emphasizing color, pattern, and contrast, the artist plays with perspective and builds visual rhythms from the carefully arranged vintage material.

“The first wallpaper I used was a remnant from my grandmother’s living room,” Feigley-Lee tells Colossal. “It was a pastoral toile that really lent itself to narrative. I later found a cache of floral remnants in her attic. I used what I found, and soon after, friends and family started giving me wallpaper that they had laying around.” Now she sources much of her material from eBay, garage sales, or wherever she can find it.

Feigley-Lee is captivated by the associations we have with ornamental patterns and interior furnishings. “Domestic patterns are meant to be decorative in a way that is soothing, pacifying, demure, and reflective of cultural norms,” she says. Those ideas compelled her to approach the medium more conceptually, focusing on installation-based works that challenge traditional applications on broad, flat surfaces.

To create the foundations for each project, Feigley-Lee commissions Nick Pence of Pence Fine Art Services to construct bespoke, geometric birch panels that provide a smooth substrate. Once the panels are in the studio, she begins the meditative process of hand-cutting the paper into thin strips. The artist then arranges the pieces by size, saturation, and tonal values. She says, “I am excited about confounding the viewer and their perception of space, really engaging the viewer in a way that allows them to slow down and look deeply.”

Feigley-Lee’s work is on view in Detroit as part of Louis Buhl & Co.’s Salon Highlight series through July 17. See much more on the artist’s website, and check out her Instagram, where she often shares insights into her process.

 

a geometric wall artwork with a deep, shaped panel overlaid with strips of colorful vintage wallpaper in a faceted pattern that plays with perspective and depth

“Untitled Wallpaper Abstraction #37” (2024), found wallpaper on birch panel, 36 x 32 x 6 inches. Photo by Tim Johnson

two side-by-side images of geometric wall artworks with a deep panels overlaid with strips of colorful vintage wallpaper in patterns that play with perspective

Left: “Untitled Wallpaper Abstraction #30” (2023), found wallpaper on birch panel, 6 x 6 x 1 inches. Right: “Untitled Wallpaper Abstraction #24” (2023), found wallpaper on birch panel, 35 x 45 x 6 inches. Photos by PD Rearick

a detail of numerous thin strips of vintage wallpaper in a geometric striped pattern with a yellow flower motif in the center

Detail of a work in progress

a geometric wall artwork with a shaped panel overlaid with strips of colorful vintage wallpaper in a pattern that plays with depth and perspective

“Untitled Wallpaper Abstraction #32” (2023), found wallpaper on birch panel, 42 x 32 x 7 inches. Photo by PD Rearick

an artwork on a shaped panel sits on an easel in a studio, with other artworks on the wall in the background and a work table nearby

Studio view with “Untitled Wallpaper Abstraction #24” in progress

a horizontal, geometric wall artwork composted of strips of colorful vintage wallpaper in a pattern that plays with perspective and depth

“Untitled Wallpaper Abstraction #34” (2023), found wallpaper on birch panel, 53.25 x 20 x 3.5 inches. Photo by PD Rearick

four small, square artworks made from strips of vintage wallpaper, grouped together on a work table with a ruler and other tools nearby

“Untitled Wallpaper Abstractions #22, #29, #30, and #31” in progress

#Amy Feigley-Lee
#collage
#found objects
#geometric
#paper
#vintage

 

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