France - aix-en-provence
Born in Aix-en-Provence in 1982, Amélie Martinez alias 𝗔𝗠𝗦𝗧𝗘𝗗 is a self-taught artist from the Urban Art scene. After ten years of professional experience in a psychiatric hospital and an attraction for art mediation, Amsted naturally turned to art therapy. This new path allowed her to drive her artistic creativity in bio inspiration and mimicry.
From her first lines, Amsted's graphic writing revealed a sinuous form that has quickly become her favorite motif: the curve. For the artist, the abstract form allows a specific interpretation for each one of us, evoking undulating elements from the organic or marine world. Through her graphic representations, Amsted instills a new look, a special attention to the world around us. The aim being to present the dynamics of the living forms by the random sequence of simple gestures and to work on an aesthetic vocabulary based on the curve. The chosen space, whether urban or rural, allows the artist an immersion as well as an interaction of her street works with the environment.
As an art therapist, she has been able to see how nature is a resource for humans. Finding nature is one of the first needs expressed by hospitalized patients, an essential element for balance. Reason why her works are always inspired by colors from nature, whether from the fauna or the flora world. For her, doing, undoing, redoing, leaving an ephemeral trace, weaving a thread between what remains and what evaporates is of the order of cyclical movement. Having the chance to watch Amsted drawing is a real opportunity to see how she is mastering a natural artistic gesture. A graphic work but also a living one, because in the process of creation, the artist becomes one with the support and seems to unknowingly create an ephemeral dance.