Amy Bretall’s photography offers a chance to ponder the undefined and rethink where art lives. At the center of her work are symbols of faith, specifically the Cross, to encourage others to see faith in non-secular, non-practiced, and non-traditional environments.
Using her phone, Amy finds overlooked, underappreciated, unformed, and the sometimes forgotten objects, that demonstrates faith within art. Her objective is for people to see the beauty in random objects passed by in their daily activities and to provide a spiritual connection to their environment.
Believing nature is the original art form, Amy is inspired by her surroundings. This influence stems from the summers she spent on her grandparent’s farm as a child.
Amy's photography explores faith within the natural world, while honoring rural environments with the symbolism of the Cross.
Amy's work is shown in a variety of events. Her work was featured in a solo exhibition at Beggars Table Gallery in the Kansas City Crossroads Arts District First Fridays in July, 2019. She has been selected as an ArtsKC Regional Arts Council Now Showing program artist.
Inspired by A Little Girl in Cuba
A Chance Meeting. Amy met a 10 year old girl in Cuba in October 2015, outside of Ernest Hemingway's home, turning around, there she was. Two days later, in a city of one million, against the odds, she went back to find her.
Returning home to Kansas City she was inspired to raise money to help her have a better life. Cuba is a third world communist country where food is rationed and residents live in very poor conditions. Amy kept thinking what she could sell to raise money.
In March 2016, five months later, the idea came to Amy to turn her photos into greeting cards as the vehicle to sell and help the little girl in Cuba. It started there and as Amy has taken steps in faith her photography and mission has transformed into more.
Proceeds from the Cuba Collection goes towards helping the young girl and family by sending care packages.
Roots on the Farm
These photos are special because they are from Amy's grandparents farm in California, Missouri. Growing up she and her sister would spend a week each summer here, for Thanksgiving and other holidays. Some of her best memories are from times on the farm.
Amy's grandmother sold the farm in 2015, after living in the same farmhouse for 72 years, staying after her grandfather passed. Visiting her grandmother and the farm for the final time, Amy couldn’t help but take photos of all the natural beauty. A farm girl at heart, Amy was drawn to the images and now enjoys sharing the beauty of rural America she holds dear.
Read more about the peacefulness of the farm on the blog here., titled Where is Your Peacefulness.
Reconnecting with the faith from her own childhood and reading the Bible for the first time in January 2016, Amy was compelled to take photos of crosses. In an expression of her faith journey she started noticing, and took photos of, crosses everywhere -- in the urban core, inner city, suburbs, and rural areas, She took photos with no intent to do anything with the photos.
Following faith, and the desire to help a child in Cuba, her first idea was to turn her formed cross photos into greeting cards as the vehicle to help. As Amy's faith grew, her idea expanded.
What started with turning her photography into greeting cards has grown into Amy's mission to inspire faith. As she took steps of faith Amy started seeing images of "everyday" crosses.. These unformed symbols of faith were her spiritual nudge to keep going. Using her phone and creating a blog, Amy started sharing her photos and personal insights around faith-based principles. Five years later, Amy published "In Plain Sight: Faith Is In The Everyday" to inspire others to see faith in daily activities.
"Amy does a great job finding meaninful images and capturing them in a striking way." - Erin. A., Steeple of Light Gallery
Steeple of Light Art Gallery
Kansas City, 2018
"Since coming across Amy's beautiful and powerful images, I make an effort to notice and look for how God is everywhere in our lives, the crosses just help me remember His love." Trina T.
"Mesmerizing photography." - Marie D.
KC Crossroads Arts District Solo Exhibition, 2019