About the Artist
Amy DeSitter is a Kansas City based artist and teacher. She currently holds a position as an Adjunct Professor of art at UMKC (University of Missouri – Kansas City). In addition to teaching painting and drawing, Amy runs a studio and gallery of her work in the Historic West Bottoms. Amy received her Master of Fine Arts degree in 2017 from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. It was during this three year graduate program that she really started thinking about the concept of home. Having never really been apart from friends and family, Amy’s homesickness caused her to call into question, what makes home feel like home. Hers was a desperate effort to replicate or recreate that feeling you get of contentment and relaxation in a space you trust.
What makes home feel like home? How can we recreate that home feeling in a different place?
Amy finds that the large scale structure of the universe and the small scale structure of the life on Earth look a lot alike. For example, an image of universe’s distribution of matter compared with an electron microscope image of neurons in the brain look really similar. By embracing shapes and compositions that echo the patterns found in nature, she is connecting us to the organizational principles of emergent structures. She finds value in the idea of innately familiar shapes being the link.