I use traditional sewing and handwork techniques in a contemporary context, creating 3-dimensional wall hangings from destined-to-be-discarded textiles and found objects. My background is in fine art, illustration, creative writing and couture wedding gowns; my initial training as a seamstress and pattern maker still serves me well. I use the quilt form for its narrative heft and ability to evoke powerful responses in those who come to textile work with a certain set of expectations: a quilt is warm, safe and nurturing, whereas my work explores fear, uncertainty and fragility.
I have shown in various galleries and museums in the U.S., with work residing in the permanent collection at the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center. I blog about the artistic process, exploring how vital the narrative of family, history and memoir is to my art at www.amymeissner.com/blog. This work is the culmination of my entire life — painter, seamstress, illustrator, writer, mother, maker, woman.