My works present representation and abstracted snapshots of ordinary life for connection, contemplation, memory and empathy. Coffee-stained cups on a bumpy wooden table, crooked and worn wooden chairs in the early morning light, vegetables and flowers from a grandfather’s garden … these are the nooks where enlightenment quietly lives.
I believe in using available materials that tell the story of where we come from. I believe in color, joy, and mixing observation with memory. I believe in practice, discipline, and art & artist interweaving as one.
Art must transform the ugly into the beautiful, the commonplace into the celebrated, and it must do so in ways that address, reach and celebrate peoples from every culture, history, story and socioeconomic group. Elitism, materialism and erudition in art must fade, replaced by authentic representations of moments and traditions created by ordinary people reflecting ordinary joys.
I believe cafés are the new churches, or, at minimum, comprise a new church. Cups and chairs address intimacy, universal understanding of vessel and shared hot drink, accompanied by the slowing of time. Café patrons may meld their small, gorgeous dreams with habit, and that intoxicating space between human hope and human fallibility. I believe dishes in the cabinet and the toys in the closet may very well have lives of their own when doors are shut and lights are switched off.
My visual language nods to Bonnard, El Anatsui, Swoon, Os Gemeos and Giorgio Morandi: small, warm cups of place - whimsy that ultimately point to home.
Amy DiBuono Graham studied painting, music and environmental design at the University of Pennsylvania. During her tenure at Penn, she was a member of the Penn rowing and lacrosse programs, and she studied visual art at R. I. S. D. and modern dance at Harvard University. After graduating from Penn, Amy worked in outdoor schools in Texas and California, and studied dance at Smith College and in Senegal, West Africa. Amy returned to the Boston area to teach and coach, traveling extensively during the summer months. While working on a sheep farm in New Zealand, Amy met her husband Mel, a Chicago native. They married, and Amy enrolled in the University of Chicago's M. F. A. Painting program, graduating in 2000. The Grahams moved back to the East Coast, where Amy continued to teach and make art while starting their family. In 2009, Amy, Mel and their three young children traveled overseas to live and teach in Seoul, Korea. Amy has served as a guest lecturer at three schools, and served as the Director of the R. Lehman Art Center in MA. Amy currently serves as the Director of the three galleries at Endicott College in Beverly, MA. She continues to write and make art when not promoting other artists with a fantastic team of students and colleagues at Endicott.