Born and raised in Denver, Colorado, Aimee Hertog has created both sculpture installation as well as digital photography that has been shown in various exhibits throughout New York City. Inspired by Joseph Cornell and Alexander Calder’s work, Hertog uses found objects – “discarded clothing, kitchenware and other commonplace materials” to create her pieces.
Her most recent project includes curating as well as showing her own artwork in the WAH Center’s most current group exhibition entitled “Toxicity”. “Toxicity” uses sculpture, photography, performance art and installation to explore how the subject of toxicity has the power to manifest both physically and mentally. In Hertog’s pieces she specifically confronts Monsanto, the company who is responsible for developing Agent Orange, by incorporating bright, neon orange coloring into her work. She also cites how the glossy black found in some of her pieces is symbolic of the crude oil spills that have been harming our planet’s wildlife.
What is so interesting about Hertog’s work is that there is a strong connection between not only the pieces’ message but also the process in which they were created. For instance, Hertog has successfully “recycled” materials, such as Styrofoam, plastics and rope, and have created for them a new life in which serves a greater purpose – to bring forth attention to the environment’s current ailing state.
“Toxicity” will be on show at the WAH Center until Sunday, June 30th, 2013 during normal gallery hours (Friday through Monday 1-5pm).