The Art of Salmagundi is the artwork of artist and restorer, Amy Douglas. "Salmagundi" is an old french and middle english word relating to a hodgepodge of things, a mixture and a variety of ingredients.
Smashed beyond repair, these Staffordshire ceramics are creatively re-modelled to bring these naive 19th century pieces of english folk art bang up to date. Each piece is utterly unique .
‘No ceramic object has been hurt during this process!’ emphasises Amy, ‘..all have been found broken and with missing pieces’. After sourcing the smashed figures she painstakingly restores and recreates the work into small sculptures using conservation materials and techniques. ‘The way the object has been broken dictates on how it is to be resurrected’, explains Amy ,‘each piece has its own new story to be told’.
The result is a seamless subversion of an antique piece re-born with anarchic humour and a subversive message. Original,unique and never repeated.
Amy Douglas started her art career at Edinburgh College of Art , then trained in The Decorative Arts at The City and Guilds of London Art School and has an MA in printmaking at Camberwell College of Art.
She has recently had a one woman show at the Jack Hanely Gallery in New York City and is in some well respected collections internationally.