Amy Ahlstrom

Studio 18

I create pop art inspired by the street art, signage, and graffiti in urban neighborhoods. Like a visual DJ, I sample and remix found images to create new ones. My work incorporates vibrant silk and black cotton to create a stream-of-consciousness vision of an urban place that is both real and imagined.

My process involves exploring city neighborhoods and photographing street art, signs, and architectural details. I assemble a collage via computer, make patterns, and design the pieces, which are then made of silk and cotton and stretched on a frame. My art reflects the experience of city life and serves as an historical record of a neighborhood, in that the places I capture are constantly in a state of flux.