Amy Rusch

Amy Rusch (c. 1990), born in Cape Town, South Africa is an interdisciplinary artist and maker working in a number of different fields. She studied Motion Picture Production Design at City Varsity, School of Media and Creative Arts (2009 – 2011). The process-based skills acquired for film related fabrication, including sculpting, moulding, casting, prosthetic production and special effects make-up have allowed her to work in a number of spheres including film, television and theatre as well as on freelance projects and commission based work with Industrial designers, architects, archaeologists, and boat builders. Beyond the acquisition of practical techniques, the above mentioned education and work experiences have informed her thought and explorative making processes.

Amy has been exploring waste plastic bags as a medium, working with a number of processes of repetitive cutting, stitching, heating and binding. These experimental practices move between slow and meticulous rhythmic motions and faster interventions with tools and machines - an interplay between concealing and revealing the material. There are infinite ways to transform a material and revalue something usually deemed as waste. Giving time to these plastic pieces yields an ever growing feeling for the material, starting with the belief in potential, bringing about new possibilities and departure points.

As well as continued personal artistic exploration, Amy is currently working as a lecturer in the Art Department at City Varsity.

Education
2011 Diploma in Motion Picture Production Design, City Varsity (Distinctions in all subjects)
2008 National Senior Certificate, Rustenburg High School for Girls

Group Exhibitions
2017 Calibrating Wonder, SMITH, Cape Town
2016 Plasticity, 196 Victoria Road, Cape Town
2015 Aleit & IS Art Gallery, Lourensford, Somerset West
2015 Take Two: Second Life of Objects, Design Indaba, Cape Town 2012 The Handmade Collection (CDI), Design Indaba, Cape Town 2011 The Handmade Collection (CDI), Design Indaba, Cape Town

Art Fairs
2019 Investec Cape Town Art Fair, SMITH, Cape Town
2017 AKAA – Also Known As Africa, Contemporary Art and Design Fair, Paris
196 Victoria Road, Cape Town

Achievements
2017 Kanna Award - The Swan Song - Best Uitkampteater Aanbieding KKNK
2011 Shooting Star Award for All Round Excellence and Achieving in the Industry 2010, 2011 Top Student Award in Motion Picture Production Design
2011 First Prize in Body Spectra Final Exam