Interview with Amy Earles

Amy Earles makes things, prefers autumn, dreams in color, reflects from half closed eyes…”, the artist has written in her little profile on her website. And yes, all her drawings and paintins involve a kind of dreamy and autumnal atmosphere with forest, dark skies and stars.

She loves painting with gouache on paper, and often her pictures are turned into lovely looking paper dolls – Amy is clearly fascinated by dolls. We pinned her down to answer us some questions about her life and work.

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Why and when did you start making art?
I’ve been drawing since my earliest memories. My Mom likes to draw and we often drew together as I grew up. My family moved often & I was an only child. Drawing my own world was a way to entertain myself & also a really good way to make friends (I would tell stories as I drew or draw requests). It became my best method for expression.

What kind of art do you make?
I make paper dolls, paint & draw… Art for playing & dreaming.

Where do you draw your inspiration from?
My inspiration comes from a very undefined cloud of memories, dreams, people, animals, phrases, a love of tiny things… dioramas.

What does your usual workday look like?
Most days include hard work cushioned between two layers of intense daydreaming. Some days I work from the minute I wake up until I fall asleep with a goal in sight. Other days are less structured with sketching & note taking but some form of drawing happens every day. I am always working on something.

How do you spend a perfect Sunday?
Preferably with quiet hours of reading, absorbing, playing with pets, having a very good dinner, spending time with my favorite people, forgetting responsibilities…

What is your favourite taste of chocolate?
I love mint chocolate in all forms.

Show me your favorite artwork (from your own and another artist)
One of my favorite pieces of my own work is Invitation. One of my favorite pieces by another artist is by Satomi Hirota. I admire doll artists greatly. Her work appears both light & dark with many layers. It really resonates with me.

Whom should we interview next?
Lilly Piri

If you could have coffee with a famous artist dead or alive whom would it be?
That is the most difficult question… I might not mind sitting quietly with René Magritte.

What is your philosophy of life?
Make your own view of the world. Strive for autonomy.