Number 96: Amy Rice
Years spent living in MN: 20
There has always been a healthy dose of Minnesota in Amy Rice's artwork. In the past, she has found inspiration from childhood memories, animals, cycling, and the city life around her. Her artistic methods vary from piece to piece, and include stenciling on canvas, painting on recycled wood panels, and creating mixed-media works using found love letters. And though her art can sometimes bring forth challenging ideas, there is nary a sense of anger or bitterness to it. This is most likely because her whimsical style comes from a kind and compassionate place. Why? Because she is Minnesota nice.
[jump] Name three things inspiring your work right now:
An antique 4-H scrapbook I recently found at an estate sale
My sweet old lady dog, Ella
Name three things that inspired and/or motivated you as a budding creative type:
Rosalux Gallery and the artists I met through my time there
My Dad as a prolific tinkerer
My Mom's outrageous imagination
What was your last big project?
My first solo exhibition in Canada is closing this week--that was kinda a big deal for me.
What do you have going on now or coming up in the near future that should be on our radar?
I am participating in Craft-O-Rama again this year (Midtown Global Market December 3 and 4). I love the opportunity to get crafty and focus for a month each year on small, affordable work. I'll open my studio in the California Building during the Second Saturday events in November and December as well. My next gallery show is in Philadelphia in February. Oh, and I am going to be on MN Original on TPT soon with my dog Ella!
Creative/career high point (so far)?
It's hard to choose. I have been really fortunate. Being accepted as part of the Rosalux Gallery was definitely one of the best things to have happened to me career-wise.
What has been your biggest challenge as an artist?
I never have as much time as I have ideas. For every painting I finish there are 12 more stuck in my brain.
How has the local scene changed since you began your career?
The loss of Outsiders and Others Gallery, and Yuri Arajs leaving us for greener pastures has had a definite impact on the art shown here and the artists the public is exposed to. I honestly believed that someone would pick up the torch and open a venue dedicated to exhibiting outsider artists here in the Twin Cities. The gallery didn't close for lack of sales, interest, or artists. There are so many artists that got a little taste of having their art shown and appreciated that. Now they lack a venue and an advocate.
Tell us about something you're passionate about outside of your work:
My sweetheart. Making plans for our future. Mapping out a life that is purpose driven, healthy, and happy.
If you wrote your autobiography, what would the title be?
In 2007, Robyn Robinson interviewed me for an article that appeared in Minnesota Monthly. The working title was "Amy Rice Doesn't Hate You." That wasn't what the title ended up being, but I'm keeping it in my back pocket.
Do you have a suggestion for someone whose work we should be checking out? Feel free to leave your top picks in the comments.
Past creatives, so far: