Self Portrait with Ari (Wallpaper), 2014, Limited Edition Inkjet Print, 23 x 28 inches framed.
In January 2009, I gave birth to a baby girl; I became a mother. I was totally unprepared for the psychological and emotional upheaval that followed. My sense of self, my closest relationships, my experience of the world, and even my role as an artist/photographer were abruptly in shift. At the same time I was trying to reconcile the new me, I was battling the internal and external pressure to conform to conventional models of motherhood. I created this series of self-portraits as a way to process my feelings as a new mother and to catalogue its complexities.
Amy Wilson is a fine art photographer whose work explores the themes of identity, autobiography, and feminism. She has a BA from Eugene Lang College and a BFA from Parsons School of Design, both part of The New School for Social Research and is a 2019 finalist in The Center Center for Emerging Visuals Artists Fellowship.
Her photographs have been shown at the gallery at MaxMara New York, along with the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center and the Da Vinci Art Alliance in Philadelphia.
In addition to her artistic practice, Amy has worked in libraries and in book and magazine publishing. She is a freelance writer and the author of numerous books for children under the pseudonym Amy Ackelsberg.
She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and two children.