Born in Brooklyn, Amy Pekal was raised in the natural beauty of New York’s Catskill Mountains.
She creates visual ethnographies that emulate nature and express constant transformation. The paintings communicate the materiality of ecology and the rapidly changing landscape and the installations address a need for connection and understanding at the height of misimformation. Painting, sculpture, and installation serve as visual systems that serve as centers for communication between a population of diverse social backgrounds, religious beliefs and races.
In 2017, Pekal was invited as a Visiting professor and artist in residence at DUOC UC School of Design in Santiago Chile. There she began her research in resiliency and the growing need for society to learn from nature in its capacity to adapt and evolve. In a small village three-hours south of Santiago, Pekal tracked the resiliency of nature to rehabilitate after a wildfire cleared the land of all life. She produced field studies, film and photo documentation. During her teaching residency, she worked with design students to construct a proposal for a monumental textile installation made of recycled fishing nets in for the Museo National Bellas Artes. Her experience in South America informed the urgency to recreate a global network of self-sustaining communities.