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Amy Rockett-Todd

April 7 –  May 21, 2017  |  Creative Studios

Exhibition Statement

Amy Rockett-Todd has a way of seeing and interpreting the environment through a lens tinted with hues of her architectural background.  Her current work explores the relationships between the hand and technology, through alternative photographic processes.  The final arrangements emerge from a photographic birth with a resting place in the visual arts.  She works in the wet plate collodion process, as well as traditional pinhole photography

Drawing from a history of past studies in the Latin language, Amy uses Latin portfolio descriptors.  Her latest work, MANUS (Latin for “hand”) presents a re-emergence of hands-on photographic processes, such as wet plate collodion, yet she enjoys marrying modern techniques with antiquated ones.  The imagery also follows a modern aesthetic, employing digital photo-manipulations of pieces of architecture and natural flora.  Using digital positives, Amy returns to the 1800s process for final output.  For select arrangements, a focus on the unique structural aspects of a particular building or site is translated into the final structural-relief tintype assemblage.

Her current portfolio, MANUS: ab.sum, explores environments and our existence within them, as well as our abandonment of them.

MANUS : ab.sum

environments that once carried us,
supported us;
these were tended and nurtured by us.
a co-existence between man and environment

now left behind.

absum is a Latin term meaning:    i   a m   a w a y

nature plays an integral part,
as it is either being pushed out
for current habitation


it is reclaiming its place,

in absum.

Artist Bio

A native of the foothills of North Carolina, Amy Rockett-Todd wears many creative hats;  as an educator, designer, studio artist and photographer in Tulsa, Oklahoma with her husband, children, and their two dogs.  She began her professional life working with local architecture firms as well as an environmental graphics and signage design firm, specializing in architectural renderings and themed casino and resort signage.  

She received her Bachelor of Science in Interior Architecture and Studio Arts Minor from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  Her Studio Arts instruction included mentor and photographer, Arnold Doren (a student of photographer, Minor White in the late 50’s).  Amy has gone on to participate in various continuing education workshops in printmaking and photography at Maine Media Workshops + College as well as kiln-fusing at the Pittsburgh Glass Center.

Amy is on the Board of Directors for the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition (OVAC), a non-profit organization that supports the visual arts and artists in Oklahoma and their power to enrich communities.  She is also a member of Tulsa Artists’ Coalition OK,  Arts and Humanities Council of Tulsa OK, Pittsburgh Glass Center PA, and Shutter Hub UK.

Amy has work in many private collections and has exhibited in galleries across the USA, UK, Spain and Romania.