It was at the MA exhibition at the City and Guild School that I came across the works of Amelia Bowles and I had the oportunity to visit her studio in London. Her constructions reminded me of the many installations seen in Venezuelan architecture, the country where I come from and lived for half of my life . The aesthetics of the 1970s in Caracas they were areas characterised by the harmony of masses, embellished with a singular fusion of colour, light and shade, design structure, and architecture. These factors were very important in forming my choices, spatial awareness, and aesthetic sense.
Amelia's work combines painting, architecture, and sculpture. She intends for each work to be integrated into the site or location where it is placed. She uses three-dimensional frameworks to gather and harvest light. Each piece is made up of multiple elements that interact with each other. The spaces in between become active, transforming into false voids. Multiple viewpoints, activated through movement, provide access to the works. The artist views interaction with an artwork as a form of sense-mapping.
She is intrigued by Monet's use of the "weather effect," which involves employing an architectural façade as a canvas for capturing the dynamic nature of phenomena and shifts in the surrounding environment. Each work generates an experience of varying degrees of light and shadow. Dappled light bathes the wall's surface, reflecting the day's fluctuations in light temperature. The artist is interested in the possibility that exposure to varying degrees and temperatures of light, shadow, and color can induce biological and cognitive changes.
"I am interested in the possibility that the experience of the different degrees and temperatures of light, shadow and colour can cause biological and cognitive shifts. Neurobiological research states that the experience of varying degrees of light and shadow positively impacts the circadian rhythm functioning (our body clock). What interests me is this internal system regulates our mood and wellbeing, therefore affecting the way we perceive and interact with the world around us".