Amie Potsic


Contact Information

apotsic@yahoo.com

Phone: 610-731-6312

http://www.amiepotsic.com/

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Photography

Made In China

Skin Stories

Archived Work

Tropicália, or Bread and Circuses

Artist's Statement

My work intersects the realms of the physical, socio-political, and natural worlds. I am interested in how we uniquely experience the world through our bodies, culture, and environment. Through project-based explorations, my photographic work challenges the viewer to question stereotypes, cultural norms, and politics. Through each body of work, I learn about the world around me and encourage others to engage on a deeper level. Whether I’m photographing internationally or closer to home, my concerns are simultaneously individual and global. While my work stylistically re-invents itself to suit each project’s subject matter, a common thread includes utilizing a seductive beauty in an effort to encourage grappling with difficult issues. Employing photography and a dynamic approach to installation, I challenge the viewer to experience, think, and act. Both personal and universal, my work highlights the manner in which we reflect and re-order the world around us in pursuit of self-discovery.

Made In China references the discrepancy between China’s rich history of art and culture and its controversial modern reality. Utilizing the aesthetics of traditional Chinese scroll paintings of seasonal imagery, this series focuses on the country’s current political, economic, and social conflict. The text on each piece, which relates to a particular aspect of conflict, is Chinese calligraphy with its English translation and a traditional Chinese stamp. China’s past and present are viewed as an alchemy of beauty, culture, control, and contradiction.

Skin Stories is a collection of large-scale silver gelatin prints that address skin, scars and wounds as agents of seduction, spirituality, conflict, and beauty. Skin Stories is the result of photographic investigations that explore the physical, spiritual, and psychological terrain of skin in both the human body and religious sculpture.

Tropicália or Bread and Circuses looks at the social, historical, and political dynamics of Brazil through the perspective of public festival. Underneath the surface of vibrant community festivals, there exists a jagged reminder that private space and resources remain largely unattainable by most. Finding festival flags dancing in the wind as they sliced down from the sky and shards of glass slicing upward from perimeter walls below, I saw a similarity in form that pointed to this larger cultural phenomenon. From this context, the series addresses a complex combination of power, suffering, and celebration.

Selected Exhibitions

Solo

2011
Endangered Seasons, Rhodes Art Park, Rhodes, Greece

2009
Skin Stories, AREA 919 Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2007
Thin Skinned Thick, Sol Mednick Gallery, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

2005
Tropicália, or Bread and Circuses, Gallery 626, Los Angeles, CA

2003
Doppelganger, The Painted Bride, Philadelphia, PA

Seduce Me, Pyramind Studios, San Francisco, CA

2002
Thin Skinned Thick, Quotidian Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Ritual and Resilience, Royal Ground, San Francisco, CA

2001
Seduce Me, Cinema and Photography Gallery 1101, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL

2000
Seduce Me, Quotidian Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Group

2010
Skin Deep, Rowan University Art Gallery, Glassboro, NJ

84th Annual International Competition: Photography!, The Print Center, Philadelphia, PA

2009
13 Months, AREA 919, Philadelphia, PA

Paperless Photo, Photo 612, Haddon Heights, NJ

Personal Universal, University City Arts League, Phildaelphia, PA

2008
Sneak Peak, The Philadelphia Foundation, Philadelphia, PA

Piece Process: Every Wall Shall Fall, Pomegranate Gallery, New York, NY

2007
Art for Healing, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

Piece Process, Glen & Viola Walters Cultural Arts Center, Hillsboro, OR

Piece Process, Memorial Art Gallery at Rochester University, Rochester, NY

2006
67th Annual Juried Exhibition, Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA

Visions of Liberty, The National Constitution Center Museum, Philadelphia, PA

Consequence of Light, ARTROM Gallery, Rome, Italy

2004
Creature Comfort, New Langton Arts, San Francisco, CA

2003
Other Selves, Mission 17, San Francisco, CA

Visions, Reed Whipple Cultural Center Gallery, Las Vegas, NV

Skin 2003, Icebox Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

Images of the Virgin, Gallery Tonantzin, San Juan Bautista, CA

2002
Blood Show, Quotidian Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Fotosemana, Museo de Arte Moderna de Bogota, Bogota, Colombia

Fotosemana, Galeria El Museo - Bogota, Colombia

Emerging Bay Area Photographers, Society for Photographic Education Conference, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA

BioTech, DaVinci Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA

Exposed, Artoconecto / National Endowment for the Arts, Washington DC

2001
Documenta USA, The Museum of New Art, Detroit, MI

New Art, The Museum of New Art, Detroit, MI

Beauty Matters, Pentimenti Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2000
Inspiration and Image, Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Sebastopol, CA

Beliefs, Faith, and Religion, Second City Council Gallery, Longbeach, CA

Photography 2000, The Stage Gallery, Merrick, NY

Sacred Vessels, Avenues Art Center, Salt Lake City, UT

1996
International Juried Photography Exhibition, The Maryland Federation of Art Gallery, Annapolis, MD

Roots, Creese Gallery at Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA

1995
Woman, Eleanor Holmes Norton Gallery, Washington, DC

Professional Experience

partial list
2007 – present
Director, Career Development Program, The Center for Emerging Visual Artists, Philadelphia, PA

2007
Visiting Artist and Critic, Pennsylvania College of Art and Design, Lancaster, PA

Portfolio Reviewer, Critical Mass, PhotoLucida

2006 – 2007
Director, Gallery 339, Philadelphia, PA

2006
Portfolio Reviewer, Society for Photographic Education, Mid-Atlantic Conference

1999 - 2005
Visiting Faculty, ACE Faculty, Pre-College Faculty, Photography Instructor, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA

2001 - 2004
Adjunct Faculty, Extension Faculty, Photography Instructor, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA

2003 - 2004
Adjunct Faculty, Photography Instructor, Ohlone College, Fremont, CA

Honors and Awards

partial list
2010
The Ollcott Family Award, The Print Center, Philadelphia, PA

2004
First Place Award, PhotoAlliance Slide Competition, Award Lecture given at The San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA

1999
Award of Excellence, 19th Annual College Photo Contest, Photographer's Forum

Honorable Mention, Paul Sack Building Awards: Paul Sack Collection

1998
Second place, Photo-essay Award, Photo '98 Contest, San Francisco Bay Guardian

First Place Award, Jerusalem 3000 Photography Contest, Jewish Exponent

Lectures and Talks

partial list
2009
Exhibiting Artist Lecture, Skin Stories, AREA 919, Philadelphia, PA

2008
Guest Lecturer, International Center of Photography, New York, NY

2007
Exhibiting Artist Lecture, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Distinguished Artist Lecturer, Doppelganger, Ursinus College, Collegeville, PA

Publications

partial list
2002
Featured Artist, Casa do Vaticano, Gráficos Burti Publishers, Brazil, 7th Ed.

Selected Exhibitions Curated

2010
Material Motion, Dalet Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Free Form, Rowan University Art Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Co-curator, On The Rise: Inaugural Exhibition, The Art Gallery at City Hall, Philadelphia, PA

Selections from Cluster, The Center for Emerging Visual Artists, Philadelphia, PA

Sweet Spot: A Philagrafika 2010 and Fiber Philadelphia Exhibition, The Center for Emerging Visual Artists, Philadelphia, PA

2009
Co-curator, Urban Organic, Projects Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Pittsburgh Biennial Selections, Center for Emerging Visual Artists, Philadelphia, PA

2008
Perspectives, Icebox Project Space, Crane Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Emerging to Established: 25 Years of the Center for Emerging Visual Artists, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA

Pittsburgh Selections, The Center for Emerging Visual Artists, Philadelphia, PA

Co-curator, Live With It: Premier, PhotoWest Gallery,
Philadelphia, PA

Piece Process: Every Wall Shall Fall, Pomegranate Gallery, New York, NY

2007
Natural Selection, Maryland Art Place, Baltimore, MD

Education

1999
San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
MFA, Photography

1996
University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Photography Studies

1994
Corcoran School of Art, Washington, DC
Photography Studies

1993
Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
BA, Photojournalism and English Literature
Distinguished Honors, Phi Beta Kappa

1992
Universidád Complutense de Madríd, Madríd, Spain
Certificate of Study