Amy Soczka

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Amy Soczka

Amy Soczka

Artist Statement

My floral paintings begin with impulsive mark-making focused on filling the canvas with layers of colorful shapes. Once a structure begins to emerge, I make more conscious decisions, editing and adding on repeat until it is clear that no more can be done. I strive for immediate engagement with the viewer, inviting them to stand close to the surface to see through the layers, looking for something new each time. I have recently begun incorporating portraits into the floral landscapes. Where my florals are more impulsive and energetic and dense with color, the portraits are becoming more personal, more confrontational and more deliberate. They are not intended to be self-portraits, but they are born from the themes that are dominant for me right now including motherhood, feminism, political anxiety, escapism, life cycles. The geometric lace patterns satisfy my love for repetitive mark-making while representing a traditional handcraft that is so complex but also so familiar that its complexity can often be overlooked or taken for granted.

Amy Soczka

Artist Biography

Amy Soczka (aka Amy Duffey) is best known for her large-scale paintings depicting densely-grown landscapes of not-quite real flowers and foliage. The compositions are most often bright and deeply saturated with a palette inspired by nature and a good dose of neon highlights reminiscent of an 80’s childhood. Amy lives and works in Cedarburg, Wisconsin with her husband and two daughters, and has dedicated her life to the work of creating contrasting beauty in a constantly evolving environment. She is inspired visually by patterns in nature and architecture, estate sales and what people collect and leave behind, a childhood love for Lisa Frank and Gustav Klimt simultaneously, and daydreamy people-watching habits. Amy graduated with a BFA from the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design and studied for one year at Istituto Europeo di Design in Turin, Italy. She worked as a Graphic Designer for 10 years and maintained a small wholesale stationary business. The illustrations she created for her cards, prints and calendars evolved to larger and larger paintings in gouache on paper as well as large-scale papercut works. Her current work is a series of large acrylic paintings on canvas depicting lush floral motifs, geometric and natural patterns, and the occasional portrait of imagined figures.


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About Gallerie M

Gallerie M is located on the first floor of the InterContinental Milwaukee and features inspiring local and regional artwork. InterContinental Milwaukee curates the space on a rotating basis. Exhibits will be on display for 4 to 6 weeks with an Opening Night Reception on a date of the artist's choosing. Contact the current curator, Cassy Scrima via email at to inquire about showing in Gallerie M.



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