- Amy Feger
My life and my artwork are situated on the cusp of “The Information Age” and “The Anthropocene.” Both concepts that relate to human civilization, time, and history, they are opposite in character but define a concurrent period in human history and both ideas that inform my work. The digital age is characterized by humankind’s industrial and technological advances and the speed of contemporary life, while the Anthropocene describes the long-term effects of human populations on the earth’s geologic record and the slow nature of geologic time.
I live in Alabama, one of the most biodiverse regions in North America. Coal, iron, and limestone commodities are plentiful in this region at the southern-most tip of the Appalachian Mountain Range. This region also boasts full healthy aquifers and extraordinarily high levels of biodiversity. The many species and unique ecologies that cohabitate in our local landscape are also under the greatest threat of extinction because of the impact that humans have on the environment.
I am an artist and an environmentalist. The landscape is a perennial subject in my paintings. I am compelled to create landscape paintings to examine the environmental, aesthetic, and social impact of climate change. Each of my paintings raises questions about the landscapes of humanity’s future.