Amy de Wit
From the E in Acre to the K in Kirkuk
The European aesthetic of the 18th and 19th centuries combined an admirable appreciation of other cultures with a tendency to jumble them all together, as well as looting and plunder on a grand scale. There is a continuum between the attitudes and acquisitiveness of the colonial era and the events currently unfolding in the Middle East. The wars in Syria and Iraq are not only the legacy of geographic divisions imposed by the European empires, but are also the product of the Western aesthetic tradition that underpinned those empires. Using a Spode dinner service from 1816 as as a starting point, this project joins the dots between the landscapes of Capability Brown and the destruction of Palmyra by Isis.
School of Communication
MA Information Experience Design, 2016
- BA Product and Furniture design, London Metropolitan University, 2011
- Freelance designer/maker 2011–present
- Superstudio Milan, Italy, 2012; Clerkenwell Design Week, London, UK, 2012