I love being able to create by favoring chance over formula – seeking hidden or abandoned things to transform and recombine in another way- using head, hand and heart.
:: Lifestyle ::
What does it mean to you to be quirky and what do you love about it?
My quirkiness involves active imagination processes and exercises for encountering and witnessing parts of the unconscious- then bringing tangible form to what I’ve found. I love being able to create by favoring chance over formula – seeking hidden or abandoned things to transform and recombine in another way- using head, hand and heart.
What’s a secret, unusual talent that you have?
I learned how to play violin while lying on the floor in a body cast at age 3. I had started lessons shortly before breaking my femur – and bound to a 14 week plaster prison, so as not to lose my new skills, my teacher and I (along with the entire Friday group lesson class) learned how to play violin, lying on our backs!
:: Quest ::
Where do you find your mojo?
In the universe.
Explain one experiment you’ve done that changed your life:
I moved solo to Dubai, UAE to work as an architect directly upon graduating from Cornell University Architecture School. It was an adventurexperinent… moving halfway across the world to work and grow. I will always be grateful for that chapter in my life.
What’s your favorite recent discovery for…
Your home: My newest Agrisculpture collections!
Your body: Yoga on Youtube- right in my living room
Your belly: Tutu – a Brazilian bean dish
Your soul: Spending time with children
Music: Jamie Saft Trio
Writing: Garrison Keillor in print
Art: Learning to weld stick and mig for my metal works
:: Mission ::
How do you celebrate the deliciousness of being quirky?
I celebrate everyday- by taking time to be mindful and thankful of the fact that I am able to see things in a way that facilitates me to create.
What is your #1 tip for a fellow quirkster?
About: AGRISCULPTURE : Farm Equipment – Lovingly Rethought is a vital practice through which Amy Lewis restores the environment, rescuing old farm equipment from forests and fields, to collage antique American farm heritage for public education and wonderment! It is created in New York’s Hudson Valley and welded on the Sweetman Dairy Farm in Warwick, NY by architect Amy Lewis and farmer Douglas Sweetman.
AGRISCULPTURE started with a commission through Amy’s architectural practice- Architectural Stylist- to create an outdoor metal fountain for the main entrance of the Cornell University Cooperative Extension of Sullivan County office during Summer 2012. GROW Agrisculpture : Harrow Discs – Lovingly Rethought arose from a need to innovatively serve CCE while speaking the language of their guests (a largely agricultural community), and spark conversations across disciplines while delighting all who enter the building.
A 2008 graduate of Cornell University’s Architecture school, Amy received a Bachelor of Architecture with a Concentration in Architectural Theory. During summers, she had interned with the Cape Cod firm Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects Builders, as well as the Manhattan firm Sciame Construction. Upon graduation, Amy accepted a professional architectural position with Burt Hill in Dubai, United Arab Emirates and became the youngest female project coordinator within the global firm to manage a team of 10 for the Royal Family’s Al Mafraq Hospital of Abu Dhabi.
With the worldwide economic downtown a few years ago, Burt Hill folded, and Amy pioneered a number of design-build projects in the United States- film sets in Los Angeles, a Burning Man 2010 Art Installation called DESERTROPOLIS, filmed by Japanese public television as a documentary and aired throughout Japan in September 2010. She founded her own practice, Architectural Stylist, in 2011.
Since AGRISCULPTURE’S inception in 2012, Amy has won sculpture competitions in New York and Pennsylvania, shown work in galleries and received an exhibition commission from Bethel Woods Center for the Arts. AGRISCULPTURE has been featured in newspapers, magazines, websites and blogs; Amy’s work has been recognized by America in Bloom for Heritage Preservation in the Business Sector and she has lectured on AGRISCULPTURE at Cornell University. Small AGRISCULPTURE collections are currently being sold at Candlestock of Woodstock, NY as well as Stitched Tribeca of New York City.
Amy is excited to continue creating works of AGRISCULPTURE for interiors and exteriors – large and small- and invites you to enjoy the wonders of her adventures in AGRISCULPTURE!