"Feminism informs my multilayered imagery. Like Kiki Smith, I explore female mythology through images of the figure and the floral. Referencing Botticelli, I imbue my Goddesses with sensuality and strength. As the symbolist Odilon Redon, I connect the earthly delights of flowers, with the fairies that I see beyond the visible. My female sensibility of line and color imbue the figures with a feminine sexual sweetness that expresses the Essence of the duality of innocence and sensuality evident throughout my work."
Amy Chaiklin paints exotic and sensuous images of mythology, gardens, patterns & goddesses. The women in her paintings depict the delicate, the beautiful, the bitter, the sweet, and the strong. Exploring female mythology and fairy tales, Chaiklin depicts imagery of woman as angels, mermaids, and butterflies imbuing them with the roles of friend, lover, mother, and muse. Through fluid lines and clear vivid hues these multifaceted paintings express the feminine energy of color. The hyper-colored canvases pulse with women that are looking straight at the viewer, everything on display, as they dance, kiss, embrace, suffer, love, cry, create, destroy, and fly.
Chaiklin has exhibited at The Marble Palace Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia, Galerie im Saalbau in Neukölln, Berlin, Germany, The Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, Realform Project Space in Brooklyn, NY and Fashion Moda in Bronx, NY, among many others. She received the 21 for 25 Grant from the New York State Council of the Arts & Women's Studio Workshop. Chaiklin studied at the New York Studio School in Paris, France and received her BFA from the College of Art, Washington University in St. Louis, MO.