Amy Weeks has the simple yet lofty goal of most artists: to tap into emotions and put them onto paper for all to see and feel. In this case, the 26-year-old Cape Cod artist uses free-flowing, expressionist style to create drawings and paintings that are both raw and vivid. From portraits to more abstract work, Weeks uses her Instagram page @ameweeks to display her work online for others to observe and interpret for themselves.
Q. What’s your artistic background, and how did you find your way onto Instagram?
A. Drawing was definitely a favorite activity since childhood, but I recognized in high school that my favorite classes were always the art classes, and that I was always inclined to be friendlier and happier with the art teachers and professors. After high school, I decided that I wanted to go to college for art. With Instagram, I think it’s actually just been a couple years since I’ve been feeling comfortable posting my art online.
Q. What are some of the pros and cons of using Instagram as a platform for your artwork?
A. The obvious pro is that it’s free, and also that people can find you through tags, which is amazing — just like how you found me. But definitely a con would be that it reduces the resolution of the images, and also is less professional than I’d like moving forward as an artist.
Q. On your IG feed, I notice you have several self-portraits as well as drawings of other people. What are some of the differences/similarities when it comes to drawing yourself versus other subjects?
A. I definitely have grown to not take myself too seriously when painting or drawing myself. I know for certain that I won’t be offended if it doesn’t look like me or if I’m capturing more of an essence of myself rather than capturing an exact line, shade, or profile. When I approach other subjects, I do tend to favor more accuracy.
Q. So do you find yourself consciously changing your approach when drawing people versus abstract objects/landscapes?
A. I don’t do many landscapes, but when I am focusing on a person, I’m getting at least the shape of the nose even if I use the “wrong” color — there’s still some sort of context. Whereas when I am doing an abstract painting, it’s more of an emotional thing, almost like my hand moves without really thinking about it. I do really appreciate that style, and so it does seep into my portrait style too, especially when I’m not focusing on someone else in front of me and just focusing on myself in the mirror and kind of let my hand do its thing. So there’s that similarity between the two.
Q. This is a two-parter: What do you personally try to convey through your artwork, and what do you hope viewers take away from your drawings/paintings?
A. As an artist, I like to invoke emotions, which is why I choose the expressionist style since I like to put my emotions into the paintings. And I hope that viewers, when standing in front of my paintings and seeing them, can feel some level of turning within them, to feel the painting rather than just see the painting. Also, based on what turns in me when I see other paintings, I hope that feeling turns into some form of inspiration for the person — to be able to feel something that maybe some people just see with their eyes, and almost force the artist within themselves to turn.Robert Steiner can be e-mailed at email@example.com