Amy Misurelli Sorensen, Kenosha
2018–19 RAM Artist Fellowship Award Recipient
Photography: Camela Langendorf, Varitay Studios
Amy Misurelli Sorensen is a contemporary artist, teacher, and curator who lives and works in Southeastern Wisconsin. Misurelli Sorensen has 10 years teaching experience at the college level. After fulfilling a one-year position as Visiting Artist/Instructor in Drawing at Colorado State University, she moved back to Wisconsin to accept a vocational teaching position at the elementary level. She has been a Visiting Artist at several other national institutions including the College for Creative Studies, Detroit, Michigan, and the Loveland Art Museum, Loveland, Colorado. As a professional artist, her largest and most recent exhibition to-date was Between the Floorboards with fellow feminist artist Miriam Beerman at Montgomery College, Silver Spring, Maryland.
Having participated in multiple national and international artist residencies, Sorensen has also curated and co-curated exhibitions as the Gallery Director and Curator at The University of Wisconsin–Parkside Galleries.
Sorensen holds her MFA in Painting and Drawing from American University, Washington, D.C. and her BA with concentrations in Drawing, Painting, and Printmaking from the University of Wisconsin–Parkside. Her work is included in the permanent collection of the Kinsey Institute, Bloomington, Indiana and The LGBTQ Center of Colorado.
As an artist, I specialize in drawing, with concentrations in printmaking and performance. Currently, my media focus is in relief printmaking, which is a process of cutting a printing surface of wood or linoleum in such a way that all that remains of the original surface is the image to be printed. Printmaking allows me to make multiples of an image on a variety of surfaces and engages a larger audience, much like performance does.
As a contemporary artist, my work is concerned with distorted images of femininity and sexuality imposed by societal ideals. My research and work is influenced by feminist theory and everyday life. The resulting images of women are provocative and graphic, acting as commentary on how women are viewed in contemporary culture.
These large-scale relief-print portraits are inspired by and celebrate feminist artists and the strong women who stand beside me today. I am interested in current events: themes of female empowerment, vulnerability, and the resistance of patriarchy. I believe that the personal is political. While I play with adornment, I choose to be subversive and challenge expectations of beauty and the objectification of women.