Hope Amico

un/familiar Loss
10″x8″; paper, thread, watercolor, stickers; 2019

Hope Amico
Portland, Oregon, USA


As an artist who never felt comfortable with my life drawing skills, I use collage as one way of creating drawings without drawing. I like to work in batches, starting with ink blots or themed source material to develop representations of conversations, interactions and inner discourse.


Hope Amico (she/her) is a collage artist, letterpress printer, former community bike shop volunteer and enthusiastic art educator.

She is the force behind Gutwrench Press, a letterpress shop, zine distribution, and home of the “Keep Writing Project”, a monthly postcard subscription since 2008.

Her work has been shown in Oakland, California; New Orleans, Louisiana; Denver, Colorado; and Barranquilla, Colombia. She helped found the New Orleans Collage meet-up AKA the Mystic Krewe of Scissors and Glue. She has recently relocated to Portland, Oregon, and looks forward to connecting with artists there.


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we keep track of our own
8″x10″; paper, watercolor; 2019
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7″x7″; paper, ink; 2018
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7″x5″; paper, paint, thread; 2020
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10″x8″; paper, letters from imprisoned persons, thread, handmade paper; 2018