Amy J A Higgins

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I work primarily in ink, as it transfers media effortlessly and maintains a sense of humanity and directness; from heart, to limb, to pen.
My focus lies in what many consider the macabre, and my illustrative style lends itself to this as a concept. I aim to create images that haunt, that provoke thought and inspire the viewer to introspect, but without being morbid, and inspiring reflection over revulsion.
I created what I hope is a series of powerful images and the juxtaposition between two opposing characters; the woman who dreams beyond where we exist day to day, and the wolf who may prowl or shy away defeated, that ruminate both the internalised pain of the human condition and also comment on the human impact upon - and view of - the beasts of this world and the next.

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Born in 1983, Amy left her native Malta at an early age to pursue a Creative Arts Degree and a Master of Fine Arts at Bath Spa University, UK. Soon after she completed her studies in 2010, Amy started exhibiting in numerous collective shows, festivals and exhibitions around the UK including ‘The Guardian Critics Award Exhibition’, London (2015); ‘The Royal West Academy Annual Exhibition’, Bristol (2015); and ‘Tactile BOSCH: Garden of Earthly Delights’, Wales (2016).
In the UK, Amy became recognised for her pencil and ink illustrations of human-animal hybrids and other imaginary creatures. Being a multidisciplinary artist, Amy also works in other media including photography, film, printing and installation; through which she similarly transmits her interest in the unusual.
Amy’s fantastical visions find their roots in numerous sources, particularly in the eerie illustrations of Edward Gorey, Dan Hiller and Ian Miller, as well as Beth Carter’s sculptures and drawings. Despite the fact that her work is informed by so many sources, Amy still managed to create her own distinctive style. Often imbued with strong social messages, Amy explains how her work challenges the viewer to: “dig deeper into the imagery, and reflect on the representation and symbolic content of the composition”.