Anxious Pleasures by Amy Elkins
NEW YORK, NY - At the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, author and artist Amy Elkins found herself alone in her apartment, just like many others worldwide. She was forced to give up her travel, portrait shoots, and the progress she had started to make in her art studio. As a two-week-long quarantine extended into months of self-isolation, Elkins turned to self-portraiture. For 377 consecutive days, from March 30, 2020, to April 10, 2021, Elkin documented the changes she was experiencing. Most of the self-portraits she developed were created within her apartment, outdoors, and in the various spaces, she came across while traveling. She documented household items, Amazon packages, and takeout bags. As the pandemic progressed, the items featured in the photographs changed. As the United States began its return to "normal" life, Elkin’s goal was to normalize the multitude of feelings that everyone was experiencing during this time. Through her portraits, she confronts the boredom, anxiety, and fatigue of those who have been living in isolation for so long.
Amy Elkin’s book, Anxious Pleasures, can be purchased on her website. The book will also be on view at the New York Art Book Fair (NYABF) between October 16-18, 2022.
About the Artist
Amy Elkins received her BFA in photography from the School of Visual Arts in New York City and is currently at Stanford University pursuing her MFA in Art Practice. Her work has been presented both nationally and internationally. This includes The High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia; Kunsthalle Wien in Vienna, Austria; North Carolina Museum of Art, among many others. Her first book- Black is the Day, Black is the Night, won the 2017 Lucie Independent Book Award as well as listed as one of the Best Photobooks of 2016 by TIME.
Anxious Pleasures by Amy Elkins — + KGP | MONOLITH
“In the spring of 2020, panic surrounding COVID-19 erupted and mandatory shelter in place orders went into effect, forcing me to abandon long-planned portrait shoots, travel, and work in progress in my art studio. I found myself in a 340 sq ft...