My recent works explore human experiences. These experiences draw from verbal exchanges, face to face interactions, or experiences with hearsay, both with myself and the observation of others. It is the emotional implications of these experiences that I draw from when creating. This emotional response is elicited through the way materials are handled and assembled. The action of binding, knotting, crocheting, and layering are metaphors in my sculptural forms for how we process the thoughts, feelings, and emotions, we experience. In my paintings and drawings it is the layering of fiber materials, paint, inks, and other renderable media that build up a surface which I violate by sanding and/or scraping away at to reveal the layers of accumulation and that which lies beneath it. This process is evocative of notions of how we conceal and preserve the self from our interactions, feelings, and experiences and also of reflecting upon these moments. In both my 2D and sculptural works it is a juxtaposition of materials that is also used to insight emotional responses. In my sculptural forms it is through the tension between hard and soft surfaces, such as steel to fabric, or restful passages between transparent materials and soft fibers that convey this. In my 2D works it is the use of glazes versus opaque media, transparent versus solid surface media, and the manipulation of these media that present to the viewer the emotive experience there in. My process of creating is heavily intuitive. As I work I shift materials and media and it is the sensitivity of my response to them that dictates this shift. The resulting fragments become a chronicle of my emotional experiences of moments and the materials. Following the same intuitive process these pieces are then brought together to create a unified entity that harbors each of these individual moments of emotions. Navigating these fragments in my drawings, paintings, and sculptural forms follows a journey, much like we undergo as we process the moments we experience, the effect those experiences have on us, and how past recollections inform the present moment.
Amanda has a background in various media with her current focus being drawing, weaving, fibers, and sculpture. She completed her B. A. in Art at Roanoke College in Salem, VA in 2002. Upon completing her studies she moved to Charlotte, NC and worked as a graphic designer and fine artist. During the next decade she was active in the Lake Norman Area’s arts community. She held curatorial positions for the Mooresville Arts Center Annual Photography Show and served as the Lake Norman Arts League Public Relations Chairperson. Also taking part in many juried competitions and exhibitions during this time. In 2011 Amanda attended Winthrop University in pursuit of her MFA and completed her MFA in general studios with a concentration in sculpture and drawing in 2017. During her time in the program her work was selected to Artfields in Lake City, SC in 2014 and 2015. During this time she was also awarded a solo exhibition at the Mooresville Arts Center and also participated in several group and solo exhibitions at the Loading Dock Gallery in Rock Hill, SC and the McLaurin Galleries at Winthrop University. While at Winthrop Amanda also participated in an Exquisite Corpse Collaborative project. She also served as a teaching assistant for 3D design during her time in the program. Throughout the program Amanda took the skills of sewing, crocheting, and natural reed weaving that she learned from her grandmother as a child and found ways to combine these skills and media with more contemporary sculptural methods working them in with materials such as plastics, glass, ceramic, and steel and with her new found skills in weaving. In November 2017 Amanda's work was the was selected for ArtPop Street Gallery. Her painting Untitled 5, from the Reflections Series, will appear on a billboard in the Charlotte area in 2018. For more information on ArtPop please check out their website found here at ArtPopStreetGallery.com