Influenced by the concept of the Anthropocene*, Amelia Kate Sampson creates artwork with the intention of communicating the degenerative effects on the biosphere as a result of the ‘Great Acceleration’ in human activity during this era.
Amelia’s current series Unknown Landings originated from questioning how the ‘Great Acceleration’ encouraged Western society to live in a culture of waste and how this would impact the ecology of the future planet.
With this in mind, Amelia became captivated by the concept of ‘future fossils’ and began to look into the past in order to unearth artistic concepts for exploration. As part of this research she visited lectures on archaeology and after being invited to study a large private collection of ancient artifacts and fossils, became fascinated by prehistoric forms and paleontology.
Concerned with both concept and form, Amelia meticulously creates artworks in both two and three dimensions. In line with her subjective interests she works with reclaimed materials that would otherwise be considered as waste.
In her sculptural practice Amelia concentrates on the medium of stone, creating artworks that aim to represent a geological notion of time. Influenced by the photographic documentation of works by land artists such as Richard Long, Nancy Holt, and Michael Heizer, she employs photography in order to reflect on political developments and social changes taking place in our current epoch.
Amelia intends to pursue the creative concerns and technical skills developed in her final year at City and Guilds Art School with a view to creating artworks that are both conceptually engaging and visually striking.