My art practice is foremost focused on reinterpreting sublime landscape art through the subject of darkness; exploring the thematic commonalities between Gothic Romanticism, Black Metal, and Dark Ecology. I look for inspirational sources in writing, poetry, and music that regard the natural world as foreboding and somewhat sinister on the surface, but reveal underneath a deep caring and responsibility for the planet. Further, my practice is an auguration of imminent environmental crisis that requires both imagination and action, and a means of ethically and necessarily challenging the modern world’s relationship to wild places. My goal is to create solemn, ethereal, and vast environments seemingly empty of life, but still very alive. Places one might experience fear, wonder, and adventure, through a withdrawal form civilization to lands undergoing cataclysmic change and renewal.
BFA Illustration, Herron School of Art and Design, Indiana University, 2004.
MFA Visual Studies, Pacific Northwest College of Art, 2016.
Amory lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, and teaches illustration at Emily Carr University of Art + Design.
CV available upon request.