Amy Carkeek’s photographic practice explores the impact of popular culture and consumer imagery upon the construction of Western society’s outdated and unattainable façade. Particularly of interest is the myth of The American Dream and Australia’s parallel Great Australian Dream. Central to both illusions is the veneer of the suburban dream and the commodification of home and lifestyle. This artificial surface is driven by consumer imagery as it relies on the visual power and persuasive abilities of the photographic to communicate and represent the narrative, values and desires of a neoliberal capitalist and profit-driven system. Carkeek seeks to depict the cracks in this veneer as she questions the motivations of a system that promotes and aspires to the continual commodification of all aspects of life through the production of the photographic.
Carkeek has exhibited in galleries across Australia and in the US. She has been a finalist in various prestigious awards such as The Hutchins Australian Contemporary Art Prize, Wyndham Art Prize, Moreton Bay Region Art Award, Clayton Utz Art Award, and Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award. She has also won the Contemporary Art Awards and the Lord Mayors Photographic Award. Carkeek is represented by M. Contemporary Sydney, Australia.
Carkeek is currently undertaking her PhD at Queensland College of Art - Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia where she is a Lecturer within the Photography Department.