Amy Felder

Artist Statement

Examining the dichotomies between the human desire to preserve the wilderness and to enjoy it, I create merit badges for following the “Leave No Trace” principles. I also create demerit badges, marking how we fail to protect the places we intend to preserve. Corresponding to these demerit badges, the maps illustrate the topography of the landscape and the human impact on the natural world. My installation work and paintings portray the natural landscape hidden behind layers of human activity.

Artist Bio

Amy Felder grew up in the small town of Pacolet, South Carolina. In 2006, she graduated magna cum laude from the Honor’s Program at the College of Charleston with a BA in Studio Art with grades K-12 certification and a BA in English with Secondary Education certification. During college, Amy completed a concentration in painting and studied art in Amsterdam and Paris through a study abroad program. Since graduating, Amy has taught elementary art in Charleston, South Carolina and Los Altos, California. In 2012, she earned her National Board Teaching Certificate with Art/Early and Middle Childhood certification. Currently, Amy is teaching art at Union Colony Elementary School in Evans, Colorado and is pursuing her Master of Arts in Art & Design at the University of Northern Colorado.


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Clockwise from top left; Traffic Jam, Noise Pollution, Tree Carving, Off Trail.


Embroidery Floss on Fabric