Meet Amy M. Ho!
Project 387 recently caught up with Amy M. Ho to learn a little more about what she has been up to and what she will be working on this August. Read on to learn more!
Tell us briefly about the focus of your work. What are some of the themes you are exploring these days?
My work deals with our physical and emotional relationships to space. All our senses come to us through space yet we often take it for granted. Recently, I have been thinking a lot about memory and space and the way places from our past become tangled with emotions from the present. I have been exploring themes of space and memory with a group of artists from San Quentin State Prison and their perspectives have given me new respect for the way our memories of places can remain forever as ideas of refuge and hope.
What are you looking at, reading, or listening to right now that is influencing your work or process?
Right now I am reading John Miller’s book on Mike Kelley’s “Educational Complex”. The book walks the reader through the development of the project and through Mike Kelley’s exploration of the role of schools as institutions and spaces in his personal history. In regard to what I have been looking at lately, last weekend I saw a wonderful show by Leo Saul Berk at the Frye Museum in Seattle. The exhibition centered on his memories of the house he grew up living in. What I found most interesting about his work was how he translated his experiences of the architecture into concrete sculptures and forms. I am also currently reading Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s “The Return of Sherlock Holmes”. Its wonderful to get lost in a mystery story every once in a while!
What does a typical day in the studio/office look like for you?
I split my time between working on the computer editing images and video at home and creating models and testing projections at the studio. When I work at home, I like to break up the day by sitting out in the back yard with the cats. When I’m at studio, I sprinkle the day with conversations and visits with my studio mates.
What's the best advice someone has given you about your work? The worst?
The best advice that I’ve ever gotten was to find my own balance and rhythm in my practice and process. The worst advice was to give up because artists don't make any money!
Are you involved in any upcoming shows/events/happenings?
I currently have a show in the project space at San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art. The show will be up until September 12th. Also, my studio space, Real Time and Space, will be having a fundraiser and open studios on July 25th from noon to 5pm.
Is there one particular thing you are most looking forward to at Project 387?
I’m very much looking forward to some dedicated studio time! I’ve had so many ideas swimming around in my head, waiting to take physical form! I’m very grateful to Project 387 for giving me some studio time to be excited about!