Amy Reidel is a St. Louis-based artist who has exhibited work nationally since getting her
BFA from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and her MFA at The University of
Tennessee. She has been awarded residencies at ACRE (Artists
Cooperative Residency and Exhibitions) based out of Chicago, Vermont Studio Center,
the David and Julia White Artists’ colony in Cd. Colón, Costa Rica and at the Luminary
Center for the Arts in St. Louis. Reidel’s artwork has been exhibited at the Contemporary
Art Museum-St. Louis, The Sheldon Concert Hall and Art Galleries, Granite City Art and
Design District (G-CADD), Lambert International Airport, Flood Plain Gallery, ACRE
projects gallery in Chicago, Fluorescent Gallery in Knoxville, and the Amarillo Museum of
Art. Her work has been showcased through media like Young Space, I Like your work
podcast, Brenda Magazine (UK), St. Louis Public Radio, the PBS program Living St. Louis,
the international publication Daily Serving and the Studio Break podcast. Reidel received
a Critical Mass Creative Stimulus award in 2016 and the Regional Arts Commission
Artist’s Support Grants in 2014 and 2019.
Through the disciplines of painting, drawing, sculpture and video, I combine materials including studio remnants, lint, medical tape, clay, paint, hot glue, glitter and more, to abstractly illuminate what many women and caregivers experience but are not encouraged to discuss. I combine the bittersweet emotions between babies and mothers, the gore of violation, tumors and other health conditions, along with the innocuous patterns of Grandma’s scarves and decorative rugs. My paintings, drawings and sculptures are the result of much material heavy-handedness, layering and erasure, which has become my primary language as a progressive and first-time mother in the conservative Heartland. Personal and political issues conflate within my work and result in aggressive but candy-colored marks, and darling baby figures dwelling in bleeding domestic settings and scarred mommies.