Zoe Amor creates work with an aesthetic that is iconic & contemporary, drawing on natural forms & cross cultural elements that inspire & enhance the spaces we inhabit.ZoeAmor_portrait At her studio in Castlemaine and at the Garage Art Foundry, she has embraced traditional & contemporary methods of bronze casting to create works that are beautiful & unique. Arranging & modelling in wax, clay & plaster, Zoe makes sculptural compositions that are suggestive of many life forms – seeds, flowers, trees, hills & valleys, terrestrial & oceanic life, & the architecture of dreams.

At the core of her work is a desire to understand & remember the beneficial connections that exist between humans & other life forms, in the hope that it will (re)generate a deeper appreciation & respect for the natural world.  These thoughts are reflected in unique pieces such as Memorial to All that is Good in this World, created for the McClelland Sculpture & Survey Award, the Life on Earth series & the exhibitions Nature’s Riot & Window to the Sun, which were shown at the Melbourne Art Rooms (MARS). Her work is commissioned for public & private spaces such as Dusk, the commemorative piece from Cherry Tennant to Frank Mau & the first major commission for the Castlemaine Art Gallery & Historical Museum.  The bronze, glass & aluminum sculptures in the private St David St Commission comprise some of the best examples of Zoe’s ability to enhance interior & exterior spaces with her unique sculptural compositions.

Her work is often inspired by the indigenous species of an area, such as the Black & White Cockatoos, Emus & Galas from Nature’s Riot, the Kamarooka, in the Bendigo Bank Collection, the Red Box Bush series & the many sculptural arrangements cast in bronze inspired by walks in the local Box Ironbark bush & hills of Castlemaine. With a background in anthropology & sociology, Zoe has developed a deep interest in the way we respond to cultural & environmental change over time with different forms of artistic & cultural expression. She has participated in & facilitated many national & international arts & cultural events; was granted the Artists in Schools Residency by the Australia Council; has curated numerous exhibitions & was the Coordinator of the first Visual Arts Biennial for the Castlemaine State Festival. Zoe Amor’s work is exhibited widely in solo & group exhibitions and is held in public & private collections in Australia & overseas.

Zoe Amor was born in 1974 in Frankston & much of her treasured childhood was spent in the bush land & homes of well known Australian artists and writers such as Daryl & Joan Lindsay at Mulberry Hill, Clifton Pugh’s Dunmoochin, Monsalvat where she worked in the sculpture studio of Matcham Skipper, & of course, in the studio of her father Rick Amor who together with her mother Teana Amor, encouraged her to explore & find inspiration close by in such beautiful places as Warrandyte on the Yarra River, the hills of Hurstbridge, & now in the goldfields & bushland of Central Victoria where she is currently living, working & raising her two girls Asha & Laila.

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