Amy Simons – Holding onto Healing, 2019


700mm x 1000mm, Watercolour on Fabriano



Amy Simons is an artist and art facilitator based in Cape Town, South Africa. She has been working as a creative arts educator since 2012 and has collaborated with a variety of organisations and educational institutions. In 2015 she completed her BA Social Science at UCT as well as her intensive ASTAR art facilitator training course.

Amy is currently working in collaboration with a few organisations running process art groups with young adults, namely, Indoni Dance Academy and the ASTAR Project. She has also completed the Lifeline counselling training and has begun working in collaboration with Clinical Psychologist, Anya Mendel, running therapeutic process art groups for children and teenagers.

She is a self-taught visual artist who mainly works with watercolour and oil paint. She has participated in a variety of exhibitions over the past few years. In 2017 she exhibited in Properties 3.0 at Knext Gallery in Cape Town. In 2018 she to curated, marketed and conceptualised an exhibition at 196 Gallery in Woodstock called: Spaces // A Constellation of Visual Stories. In 2019 she exhibited a body of work as part of Underline Projects at MOAD in Johannesburg.

Artist Statement

I am a self-taught artist. The media I have largely focused on have been watercolour, inks and oil paint. I have always felt drawn to using watery materials that enable me to express and explore themes of love, loss, intimacy and sexuality.

My work explores the relationship of love and intimacy between women, it centres the female form from a female gaze. At times there may be either one or at most two female figures in my work.

I explore the female body as a site for both trauma and healing. I am interested in the process of holding and allowing myself to be held. The process of merging and separation.

I have used the motif of an egg or a womb, I wanted my female figures to be safe, to be inside a membrane that although vulnerable and fragile, was for a moment in time, holding.