MONCLAIR, NEW JERSEY
With an emphasis on female identity, my work challenges the myth of domestic bliss. Embracing diverse media, my work includes sculpture, installation, collage and photography.
Found objects are integral to my work - discarded clothing, kitchenware, dead flowers, and broken glass. Some of these materials are transformed, others left in their raw state, forming grotesque female figures. Distended, entangled, sometimes literally left hanging, these pieces reflect the struggle women face in constructing and guarding their identities.
In my digital photographs, my sculptures are introduced into a two-dimensional landscape where they are clearly out of place. They become actors in narratives involving friendly visitors or slightly perturbed outsiders. At other times their roles are those of victim or aggressor.
My mixed media collages also use found objects and recycled materials, such as shredded paper and sponges, to create unexpected textural surfaces. Recently I’ve begun to manipulate photographs, both digitally and with the application of paint and other media, to create fantastical landscapes.
A rabid mix of colors and forms, all of my work evokes a gritty playfulness, while its energetic construction mirrors my interior chaos and the exterior turmoil of my life as a woman, a wife, a mother, and an artist.
About Aimee Hertog:
Aimee Hertog, who was recently featured in a two-woman show, Fleur Essence at the Lazy Susan Gallery
in September 2017 as well as in the 2016 Satellite Art Fair in Miami during Basel Week, is a mixed
media/installation artist as well as curator. Her work has been reviewed in various online and print
publications, including the New York Times, the Huffington Post, Hyperallergic and the Star Ledger.