ARTISTS

Amy Pandolfi

American b. 1983, Hartford, CT, based in Bellows Falls, VT

About Amy Pandolfi

Amy Pandolfi

Old City Falls I

2018

Silver halide archival print

12 x 18 in

$200

Amy Pandolfi

Texas Falls I

2018

Silver halide archival print

18 x 12 in

$175

Amy Pandolfi

The Cascade I

2018

Silver halide archival print

18 x 12 in

$175

Amy Pandolfi

Berkshires Waterfall I

2018

Silver halide archival print

12 x 18 in

$200

Artist's Statement

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When I began to learn about digital photography, and upon practicing the art form in my twenties, engaging in this way proved to be an adventure that offered significant healing for stress and trauma.  Ten years later, I've continued a photographic path with deeper understanding of its impacts on my mind, body and soul. 

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Teasing apart its effects on the "mind-body-soul" (to use a ubiquitous term) is not easy to accomplish nor do I believe it is completely attainable.  My hope is to understand these aspects as best as possible for deeper self-reflection and understanding.  As for the mind, I use photography to connect with my feelings. In regard to myself and for many whom have experienced childhood trauma, understanding personal feelings can seem distant and unreal.  Utilizing the digital camera as a device for artistic expression assists me in first understanding feelings from a sensory experience in nature, and secondly allows me to reflect on feelings as a real, substantial, and tangible thing.  When considering the healing of the body, I use photography to propel me forward on the trail, hiking up the mountains of New England and beyond.  These activities connect me to my sensory experiences within the natural world, which reinforces my instincts as an animal, mammal, and human.  Photographic pursuits also assist me in living within my body, instead of scattered in an abstract sense.  As for the soul, I find that my current waterfall pursuits increasingly nourish my spiritual well-being.  This is an area I am continuing to understand and look forward to gain meaning from. 

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While these pursuits are centered in self-reflection, I also strive to share my work with others.  Not only for the purposes of sharing in the beauty of the natural world, but also to acknowledge photography as a therapeutic tool, and how this may connect to universal consciousness and greater well-being. 

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Statement about works in VERMONT SUMMER GROUP SHOW

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In 2018, I graduated from a rigorous 2.5 year MSW program while working nearly full-time in medical and mental health.  In mid-July I finished the program with a much-needed vacation-celebration for the remaining Summer and early Autumn.  I intuitively decided to focus on waterfall photography.  I continue to reflect on this sudden decision to this day, while considering my motivation for photographing waterfalls and their meaning(s).  I believe that water is a powerful healing element, for the mind-body-soul.  In following my intuition, I seek out moving-water with the belief that life's answers are found in the natural world, if we are able to listen.

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Biography

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Amy Pandolfi is a self-taught photographer and a master social worker, using photography as a means of self-understanding.  Pandolfi acknowledges photography as a therapeutic tool, a way to experience the positive mental health effects of art and expression.  Pandolfi’s current work focuses on waterfalls as a subject.  For the artist, the subject of moving water, a powerful healing element, represents Pandolfi’s personal journey of following her intuition, seeking answers in the natural world, and nourishing her spiritual well-being.

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