Amy Fleming

MFA, Photography

Artist Statement

While exploring themes of truth, reality, and the need for human connection, I often turn to my camera as a way to cope. Reflecting on past trauma and attempting to navigate my life with mental illness, I am capturing small moments of time passing through video, documenting myself and my mundane surroundings in photographic form. Living with panic disorder, I am often questioning my day to day reality with questions like: “Did that actually happen, or did I dream that?”, “Am I a real person?”, “Am I having a panic attack, or is this how I’m supposed to feel?” Through manipulation, I am showing the viewer how I experience my daily reality.

When Did I Stop Being Invincible? is an exploration of living life with a newfound anxiety disorder. I am often comparing my past reality with my current reality to try and make sense of the way that I feel in the moment and how I’ve felt in the past. In moments of panic and anxiety, I write down words or phrases that mean something to me, but seem comical and confusing when I read them later. Drawing inspiration from those phrases, I create imagery to try and make sense of what my mind was trying to tell me in that anxiety induced moment.

Toenail Nighstand, 2021
Archival Inkjet Print, 33″x50″ 

Tell Psychiatrist About This Day, 2021
Archival Inkjet Print, 8″x12″ 

Notes From My Former Therapist, 2021
Archival Inkjet Print, 43″x28″ 

Imposter Syndrome, 2021
Archival Inkjet Print, 20″x30″ 

My Friend Lexi, 2021
Archival Inkjet Print, 44″x65″ 

You, Me, and My Edible Induced Panic Attack, 2021
Video, 1920x1080px 

And I Have a Question…, 2021
3D Animation Still, 33″x50″

…Are You Also Frightened?, 2021
Archival Inkjet Print, 40″x60″ 

Purple Cheeks, 2021
Archival Inkjet Print, 33″x50″ 

This Is Not Real, 2021
Archival Inkjet Print, 44″x65″ 

Tilt Your Head Back, 2021
Archival Inkjet Print on Adhesive Photographic Paper, 20″x30″ 

Aunt Amy Why Did You Take a Picture of a Dead Deer?, 2021
Archival Inkjet Print, 33″x50″ 

Amy Fleming

MFA, Photography

Artist Statement

While exploring themes of truth, reality, and the need for human connection, I often turn to my camera as a way to cope. Reflecting on past trauma and attempting to navigate my life with mental illness, I am capturing small moments of time passing through video, documenting myself and my mundane surroundings in photographic form. Living with panic disorder, I am often questioning my day to day reality with questions like: “Did that actually happen, or did I dream that?”, “Am I a real person?”, “Am I having a panic attack, or is this how I’m supposed to feel?” Through manipulation, I am showing the viewer how I experience my daily reality.

When Did I Stop Being Invincible? is an exploration of living life with a newfound anxiety disorder. I am often comparing my past reality with my current reality to try and make sense of the way that I feel in the moment and how I’ve felt in the past. In moments of panic and anxiety, I write down words or phrases that mean something to me, but seem comical and confusing when I read them later. Drawing inspiration from those phrases, I create imagery to try and make sense of what my mind was trying to tell me in that anxiety induced moment.

Toenail Nighstand, 2021
Archival Inkjet Print, 33″x50″ 

Tell Psychiatrist About This Day, 2021
Archival Inkjet Print, 8″x12″ 

Notes From My Former Therapist, 2021
Archival Inkjet Print, 43″x28″ 

Imposter Syndrome, 2021
Archival Inkjet Print, 20″x30″ 

My Friend Lexi, 2021
Archival Inkjet Print, 44″x65″ 

You, Me, and My Edible Induced Panic Attack, 2021
Video, 1920x1080px 

And I Have a Question…, 2021
3D Animation Still, 33″x50″

…Are You Also Frightened?, 2021
Archival Inkjet Print, 40″x60″ 

Purple Cheeks, 2021
Archival Inkjet Print, 33″x50″ 

This Is Not Real, 2021
Archival Inkjet Print, 44″x65″ 

Tilt Your Head Back, 2021
Archival Inkjet Print on Adhesive Photographic Paper, 20″x30″ 

Aunt Amy Why Did You Take a Picture of a Dead Deer?, 2021
Archival Inkjet Print, 33″x50″ 

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