I come from an artistic family, and received a BFA in Sculpture from Boston University. From 1987 to 1993 I was a stone carver at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City. There I was immersed in Gothic architectural ornament. During this time I worked 6 months in Lyon, France on the restoration of the 13th century nave of St. Jean Cathedrale. These experiences were my formation as a carver. I then came to the heart of limestone country in Indiana and received a Masters of Fine Art from Indiana University.
Amy Briar- Artists/Artwork Statement
Stone is synonymous with memory. It is a physical record of the earth's history. Indiana limestone is also part of the fabric of our national identity and cultural memory. It is the building material for numerous state and national monuments and landmarks. Ideas about how we remember personal and cultural memories are behind much of my work. I reference classical forms and techniques, but I bring these into contemporary dialogue. For example, in the Roliquery sculptures the viewer uses the stone to create the fleeting image in the sand, fragile and endlessly renewable. This addresses ideas of interaction, and a reframing of materials as the stone becomes the tool that creates the final fugitive image in the sand.
LABYRINTH LABYRINTH is the form of an ancient cylinder seal, the labyrinth incorporates my name in English and Arabic.