"Art Saves Lives" by Amy Charmatz
My art has been shaped by the process of living my life, and now, my art shapes my life.
I am a self-taught artist with disabilities who believes very strongly in the positive impact art has on physical and mental health. I have been fighting a continuous battle to control my own body due to the effects of several brain operations and have survived a lengthy period of clinical depression. Art gives me a feeling of empowerment and control. When I am engaged in any type of artwork, I feel relaxed and totally absorbed.
My paintings are brightly colored images of people, animals and patterns and I love to let color, intensity, size and lines determine perspective. My work Is contemporary, yet primitive, and is very autobiographical in nature: each painting contains a caption expressing feelings and truths that I have learned, and am still learning.
My paintings have often evoked feelings of surprise, amusement and sorrow from viewers for their stark honesty. My work is my effort at communicating my feelings, thoughts, and ideas. I have named my entire body of work "Art Saves Lives" because I really believe that it saved mine. My paintings are truly my realities.