Hillside from the series Domesticated, 2007
11 x 13 3/4 inches on 14 x 16.75 inch paper
Signed Edition of 50
(American, b. 1970)
In her series Domesticated, Amy Stein recreates real encounters between people and wildlife in small town Pennsylvania, based on newspaper reports and personal stories. In her meticulously staged photographs wild animals appear at the threshold of the backyard, where they take on the character of voyeurs or prowlers. The borders of the backyard ostensibly separate public and private realms, but Stein’s work accentuates the fact that these boundaries are unstable and vulnerable to intrusion or outside scrutiny.
Amy Stein holds a BS in Political Science from James Madison University and a MS in Political Science from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. In 2006, Amy received her MFA in photography from the School of Visual Arts in New York. Stein teaches photography at Parsons The New School for Design and the School of Visual Arts in New York City. In 2006, she was a winner of the Saatchi Gallery/Guardian Prize for Domesticated. In 2007, she was named one of the top fifteen emerging photographers in the world by American Photo magazine and she won the Critical Mass Book Award. She has been exhibited nationally and internationally and her work is featured in many private and public collections such as the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Photography, the Nevada Museum of Art, SMoCA and the West Collection.