For as long as she can remember, Amelia Schroeder was either making art or playing outside for hours upon hours. Looking back now, it seems inevitable that her two loves would collide. Schroeder brings the product of that collision to Charleston in a new show opening at The Purple Moon on Thursday, July 21st.
Raised on a family farm in southeast Ohio, Amelia Schroeder grew with knowledge of life and death and the ways of nature woven into her. Having traveled the far reaches of the states, climbed mountains, kayaked open waters and seen the majestic sights, she is still moved by the small details, everyday things, the often overlooked.
“Nature is the best piece of art I have ever seen,” says Schroeder, “From grapevines and bubbles to rain and microscopic tissues, I am influenced and inspired by the patterns, luminosity, colors and shadows of our planet. Seeing the abuse such beauty is enduring makes me yearn to instill people with the same awe and respect I hold for nature.”
Schroeder believes as keepers of the earth, we humans have done a lousy job of playing caretaker to its natural cycles. This large misuse of our environment and a much smaller (but growing) attempt at recovery is what her paintings represent. Ellipses, both organic and cellular, show the essence of life and nature at its most basic level. All of nature is a self-rejuvenating circle with a natural ebb and flow-or should be.
Amelia Schroeder is a Marietta College graduate with a BA in Studio Art and has attended workshops including the New York Studio School. In spite of frequent moves, she has participated in national and international competitions and has continued to show work in the Mid-Ohio Valley.