Amy Pruzan

2803 W Elmore Pl                                                                                                                          206-291-8682

Seattle WA, 98199                                                                                    


Artist Biography                                       


            Amy Pruzan works in a variety of media, but maintains a strong focus on glass, metal and photography.  She earned her B.F.A degree, Magna Cum Laude, from Cornish College of the Arts in 2006, with triple majors in sculpture, print, and photography.  Pruzan has studied at institutions such as Alexander Muss in Israel, Pilchuck Glass School, and Pratt Fine Arts Center. Her work resides in several permanent collections including the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Pruzan has worked along side many Prominent Local artists, such as Sonja Blomdahl, Ginny Ruffner, and Martin Blank. Recently this Seattle Native has been honored with both the Corning award nomination form Pilchuck Glass School, and the Art Bridge Scholarship from Pratt Fine Arts Center.

Artist Statement


            Memories are liquid.  They are rain drops, fragmented snapshots of history.  Over time memories can fade and sharpen, metamorphose, or completely dissolve.  I am interested in memory, as both an intimate personal treasure as well as a tangible historical record.  I am intrigued by the way people seem to be able to reinvent their memories to favor what could have been, or forget tragedies that should never have occurred.  What might it feel like to suffer from Alzheimer’s and lose the memories of your life?


            Lewis Hine, once said, “Photographs tell the truth…but photographers lie.”  To me this means that for a photographic image to exist, something in it had to be real.  To be able to physically hold a photograph, is to freeze time, to capture and preserve a moment.  However even photographs can be manipulated and altered to an artist’s vision.  So, in my mind photographs and memories share many common bonds.


            My current work addresses the questions of what happens to our memories over the passage of time.  I like to think of the glass elements as a type of lens to contain my memories.  As images float from the front to the back of the glass, they can either come in to focus or be distorted.  Glass as a material is a liquid, and even in its solid state, it is always changing.  And that physical property heavily influences my work.  I view photographic images as both a literal and metaphoric representation of memory.  I’m also interested in environmental memory, or the relationship between nature and the civilizations of man.  By juxtaposing the metal structures, with the photographic memories, I challenge viewers to consider their place in the world.

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