Manus: Amy Rockett-Todd

Opening Reception October 3, 2014, 6p.m. – 9p.m.

Tulsa Artists’ Coalition presents “Manus: Amy Rockett-Todd” from October 3rd through October 25th. The public will have an opportunity to meet the artist at the opening reception from 6pm to 9pm on October 3rd. This exhibit runs through Saturday, October 25th. The TAC Gallery is located at 9 East M. B. Brady, Tulsa. This event is free and open to the public and is part of the M. B. Brady Arts District’s Friday Art Crawl.

Amy Rockett-Todd

Diptych 1, wet plate collodion ferrotype, 3.5″ x 9″

Amy Rockett-Todd explains both the subject matter of her work as well as the processes used to create her photographs, “With a camera always in-hand, I have a way of seeing and interpreting the environment through a lens tinted with hues of my architectural background. My current work explores the relationships between the hand and technology fusing Rorschach-like imagery of architecture and flora, visually interjecting the hand as the conceptual spine of the work. This is reflected in the exhibition’s title: Manus, which is the Latin term for ‘hand’. Using digital negatives, the present and past meet in my traditional darkroom using a 19th Century photographic process called wet plate collodion. Manus includes multiple alternative photography processes such as ferrotypes (or tintypes), ambrotypes, and cyanotypes. The wet plate collodion technique is a one-of-a-kind process and each image is subject to the ‘collodion fairies’ which is part of the intrigue of this antiquated process, as no two are alike.”

A native of the foothills of North Carolina, Amy Rockett-Todd has been living and working as a Designer, Studio Artist, and Photographer in the flatlands of Tulsa, Oklahoma for the past 18 years. She began her professional life working with local architecture firms as well as an environmental graphics and signage design firm, specializing in architectural renderings and themed signage. She received her Bachelor of Science in Interior Design and Studio Arts Minor from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 1996. Her Studio Arts instruction included mentor and photographer, Arnold Doren (a student of Minor White in the late 50’s). Amy has gone on to participate in various continuing education workshops in printmaking and photography.  She studied the wet plate collodion process at Maine Media Workshops + College in Camden, Maine, under the instruction of Jill Enfield in 2013.

Amy has work in many private collections and has had her work exhibited in galleries from the Midwest to the Northeast. During 2014, her work has been included in OVAC’s 24 Works on Paper; Kat Kiernan’s: Don’t Take Pictures, interviewed by Top Photography Films, Baltimore’s Charmed Magazine, and inclusion in the “Art of Handmade” exhibition at The Vermont Center for Photography.