Drawing and working with people is the foundation of Amy Pennington’s art practice. She tends to approach work with a pen in her hand and watches as it naturally ventures into other mediums such as film, installation and performance. Amy works collaboratively with people as participants or co-creators, often in non art spaces including hairdressers, care homes, parks, and a working men’s club. Amy makes work that sensitively takes notice of human relationships and sociopolitical issues, and often works with people or groups that are on the fringes of society.
She is a fan of the underdog.
Amy uses everyday materials, like cardboard to transgress the boundaries of high and low art. In her work, familiarity and accessibility are political strategies to spark a conversation, which soon reaches more complex terrain. Recent projects engage explicitly with live art – a cultural strategy that slips between disciplines, bringing silent or silenced aspects of contemporary life to the fore.
In 2016, Amy is undertaking a 6-month Artist Residency with Open Barbers, a a social enterprise which offers a personalised haircutting experience with a queer and trans friendly attitude. http://amypennington.co.uk/open-barbers-residency/ www.lookbookob.tumblr.com
She is also creating ‘Arcade of Nelson’, a growing, interactive installation of arcade games and public events, created with and through dialogue with the local community. http://amypennington.co.uk/arcade-of-nelson/
Amy was educated at the radical free art academy at Islington Mill, Salford. Her art education followed periods working in television and as a care worker.