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Art & Life with Amelia Burns

Today we’d like to introduce you to Amelia Burns.

Amelia, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
The first time I remember being inspired to create is looking at “The Kiss” by Gustav Klimt as a small child. My mother had it hanging in our house for as long as I can remember. I started drawing and creating a collage at a very young age. I grew up in Ithaca, NY, surrounded baby artists and the natural world. I have always been fascinated by images and creating the image. I got into photography at twelve and was instantly hooked. I love to collect beauty and create a portrait of whatever I am focusing on, whether it be a person or an object, or as in my recent works, plants.

For most of my career, I have been photographing people of all kinds, my influences being both painters and photographers. I got a BFA in photography at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, in traditional film photography. My preferred mediums are large and medium format film and digital images. I consider myself a multidisciplinary artist, as I still draw and collage as well as photographs. The themes of my work and what I want to show the viewer is a transcendence of form, spirituality, peace, beauty and humor in the world that surrounds us.

My plant series stems from walks I take around the city. I follow the muse. I find the plants as spiritual beings in a concrete world, captured by humans and shaped to our liking. The plants in a city are overlooked. I see their transcendence and magical presence and give them importance. That is what the focus of a lens does, it gives importance. Whether I am photographing a person lying on the street, or an object, or a flower, I want to give it shine. I want the Presence of that object to be illuminated to the viewer. I currently live and work in Los Angeles.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I make images. I do it almost compulsively. I always have. I think of myself as a vessel of creative energy that flows continuously in all directions. The thing I like most about photography is that I get to keep time. I get to keep and share all the moments of beauty and humor I see in the world and share that with others. I make images, and I hope that people can take from it a sense of appreciation of the world we live in, despite its many flaws.

I love living, though I am also a person who has experienced a LOT of pain, (i.e. loneliness, depression, addiction) and I have transcended those difficulties. I am often drawn to struggle, and groups of people who are outsiders, and for a long time that is all I wanted to photograph. I like to give a platform to the unseen. I want people to see the beauty in all beings and objects. Lately, I have been inspired by this phrase “GOD is quiet.” I am not religious, but I am a very spiritual person. I want my photographs to vibrate with the divine energy of the universe.

How do you think about success, as an artist, and what do quality do you feel is most helpful?
I define my success in the highest form as being fully open to divine inspiration and taking the actions to create according to that vision. I also am committed to complete authenticity. In short, being completely and truly myself.

In the physical world, I want to support myself fully with my work, share it with as many people as possible, and travel the world. I hope to create some good with my art for others.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
I have a few platforms for my work. Because I have several avenues for my creativity, I have several Instagrams along with a website! I also shoot weddings and headshots. My wedding site is www.lovewins.photography.

The best way to support me and other artists is to buy our work! Whether that be prints, services, or putting us in a show you are curating! Let’s all work together to support artists. I am an advocate of the artist supporting themselves fully through their art, and not living the lie of the “Starving Artist”.

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1 Comment

  1. John Waiblinger

    June 19, 2018 at 04:28

    Great article!

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