Category: Arts:Visual Arts

A podcast committed to the amplification of creative media by artist of the African Diaspora globally. Varied Voices and Images in Art.

Episode 09: Multimedia Art Practice : Healing Communities through Art with Ami Zanders

August 14, 2020

Ami Zanders is a Bermudian multimedia artist, currently based in Liverpool UK. She has been an enthusiastic and unconventional artist since the age of two years old when she made her first masterpiece on the living room wall with crayons.  Since then, Ami has explored countless other art mediums, including; silkscreen, intaglio, weaving, painting, papermaking, and metal work.

 

An honors graduate of  International Fine Arts College and Kean University,  Ami works intuitively using bright colours, mix mediums and themes from her childhood to create her art.

 

Zanders has been in countless art exhibits and has won a few awards while in the process.  In 2010 she won a Charmin Prize for Innovation at the Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art. In 2013 Zanders won the City of Hamilton’s Art Festival Competition with her collaborative piece with fellow artist Milton Hill.  Zanders art installation, When the Bough Breaks, was featured in the Bermuda Biennial. When the Bough Break was also chosen by the Textile Museum of Canada to represent Bermuda at the 2015 Pan Am Games. Zanders is also the founder of the St. George's Art Walk and was the event's organiser between the years of 2011 - 2015.

 

Zanders has also volunteered her time teaching art at the Mid-Atlantic Wellness Institute to service users with intellectual disabilities, service users recovering from mental illness as well as service users in addiction recovery. 

 

Zanders works mostly with textiles and screen printing. However, since arriving at Liverpool John Moore’s University in Liverpool, UK.  Zanders practice has shifted focus and she is currently exploring art performance, ritual, costume, video and sculpture. Ami is currently a volunteer at Bluecoat in Liverpool working with artists with intellectual disabilities. She also teaches classes as a guest art instructor for Red Cross's SNAP programme which supplies support for refugees and asylum seekers in Liverpool and Manchester. 

 

If you would like to connect with Ami, you can find her on Instagram at

www.instagram.com/amizanders