Schissel's 2020 solo Armory Show project "articulates what is a growing concern about the disappearing boundaries between real life and the internet. What we experience online and in daily life is not always what it appears, and the flow of information between a viewer and the web can be disrupted by any given variables as we see in ongoing discussions regarding truth and social media. Through extracting mapping data and geopolitical relationships, Amy Schissel offers new ways of considering the physical world and its numeral representation online" -Jamillah James, curator at ICA LA, program audio guide for 'FOCUS' platform, THE ARMORY SHOW, 2020.
Amy Schissel is a Canadian artist based in Miami, FL. She obtained her BFA and MFA from the University of Ottawa. Recent solo projects include site-specific drawing installations at the Orlando Museum of Art in the 2023 FLORIDA PRIZE of Contemporary Art Exhibition, NYC's ARMORY SHOW in the museum curated 'FOCUS' section, (Jamillah James, curator, Institute of Contemporary Art, LA), courtesy Montreal's Patrick Mikhail Gallery, at VISARTS Center, MD, at VOLTA International Art Fair in Basel, Switzerland, at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, PA, at VOLTA NY, NYC, and West Virginia University's Fine Art Museum. She has also exhibited projects at the Frost Art Museum, FL, Huntington Museum of Art, WV, Florida State Museum of Fine Arts, FL, Northern Illinois University Museum of Art, IL, Spartanburg Art Museum, SC, Clay Centre for the Arts and Science's Juliet Museum, WV, Manifest Creative Research Centre, OH, Perdue University's Fountain Gallery, Sjalso Studios in Sweden, the University of Brussels Art Gallery, Belgium, Jonathan Ferrera Gallery, New Orleans, and Patrick Mikhail Galleries in Montreal and Ottawa.
Schissel has been awarded multiple grants and awards for her work, including a recent Miami-Dade Individual Artist Grant, a Sustainable Arts Foundation Grant, a 2019 Joan Mitchell Foundation Artist Residency, and a 2017 Joan Mitchell Painting and Sculpture Award. In 2013 she received Ottawa’s Royal Bank of Canada Emerging Artist Award and in 2011 was a finalist in the RBC Canadian Painting Competition and National Exhibition, touring the Art Gallery of Alberta, the Hamilton Art Gallery, and Toronto’s Power Plant. Schissel was also Canada’s 2009 recipient of the Brucebo Foundation Fine Arts Award and Residency in Visby, Sweden.
Ms. Schissel has lectured across the country and internationally in Halifax, Toronto, Ottawa, Miami, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, and Pittsburgh. Collections include Google Corp., Royal Bank of Canada, West Virginia University Museum of Fine Art, Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, the New Zealand Consulate, the University of Brussels, Gotland Museum of Fine Art, the City of Ottawa, and Canada’s Council for the Arts Art Bank. Schissel's projects have been supported additionally by grants from West Virginia University, the University of Miami, the Canada Council for the Arts, the City of Ottawa, and the Ontario Arts Council. She is represented by PATRICK MIKHAIL GALLERY in Montreal QC, Canada
As the 19th century gave us radical new ways to experience and move through space with the plane, train, and automobile, Amy Schissel's work addresses our present, even more radically different, experience of space driven by the multifaceted virtual worlds of the internet’s network spaces. Her drawings, paintings and installations are infused with information friction and subscribe to modes of representation of new virtual spaces and special effects to build architectures of fictional space. Notational devices drawn from digital architecture, interaction design, and digital mapping schemata clash with exploding vectors, imploding pathways, and webs of connectivity. A walk through of her exhibitions intend to bring a spacial and bodily awareness of the many interfaces/gateways to the CLOUD’s invisible networks, intersections and connectivity infusing the everydayness of our environments connecting us across physical boundaries. She aims for the viewer to experience layered cartographies melding disparate worlds, whose multifaceted surfaces echo one’s intuitive movement and interaction in an ultra dynamic hyper-world.