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About Amanda

Baltimore City

I make drawings and large, site specific installations which are also drawings. The former ink and water media works  often begin as anecdotal moments either recorded or observed as I explore the city around me, and frequently evolve to enfold idiosyncratic personal iconography that emphasizes the darkly comic and absurd. The latter are motivated by similar concerns. They are (usually) composed of hundreds of quick, gestural acrylic and flashe paint sketches made with a fat brush that are then cut... more

Drawing Installations 2015-present

Over the past several years, I've been developing a body of temporary works that draws thematically from my works on paper and allows me to experiment with the forms that interest me on a large scale. Like my other work, I think of these pieces as drawings - they're made with similar materials (paint and paper), and there are many parallels with my other work in terms of the way they're put together (both make use of collage as a fundamental strategy, for instance). These "wall drawings" afford me different kinds of opportunities from my smaller drawings, however - primarily the chance to more aggressively make use of space, dramatize the page with atmospheric lighting, and to envelop/implicate the viewer.

  • In the Weeds

    In the Weeds (detail view) Site specific drawing installation at the Berman Museum of Art Flashe, acrylic, and paper on wall 2016
  • Untitled (Under Surveillance)

    Untitled (Under Surveillance) (installation view) Site specific drawing installation at Arlington Art Center Flashe, acrylic, paper, tape and lights 2016
  • Untitled (Under Surveillance)

    Untitled (Under Surveillance) (installation detail) Site specific drawing installation at Arlington Art Center Flashe, acrylic, paper, tape and lights 2016
  • Untitled (Under Surveillance)

    Untitled (Under Surveillance) (installation detail) Site specific drawing installation at Arlington Art Center Flashe, acrylic, paper, tape and lights 2016
  • Untitled (Under Surveillance)

    Untitled (Under Surveillance) (installation detail) Site specific drawing installation at Arlington Art Center Flashe, acrylic, paper, tape and lights 2016
  • Untitled (Overheard)

    Untitled (Overheard) (Installation detail) Site specific drawing installation at the University of Central Missouri Flashe, acrylic, paper, and tape on wall 2016
  • Untitled (Overheard)

    Untitled (Overheard) (Installation detail) Site specific drawing installation at the University of Central Missouri Flashe, acrylic, paper, and tape on wall 2016
  • Ningbo Road

    Ningbo Road (installation view) Site specific drawing installation at Center for the Arts Gallery, Towson University Flashe, acrylic, paper, and tape on wall 2016
  • Ningbo Road

    Ningbo Road (installation detail) Site specific drawing installation at Center for the Arts Gallery, Towson University Flashe, acrylic, paper, and tape on wall 2016
  • Ningbo Road

    Ningbo Road (installation detail) Site specific drawing installation at Center for the Arts Gallery, Towson University Flashe, acrylic, paper, and tape on wall 2016

RFP - 2015

An open ended drawing installation picturing Baltimore through massed drawings of its structures and the words and images of city residents, "RFP" celebrated the ideal of an open city that actively welcomes and functions on behalf of all its residents. Constructed entirely at EMP Collective's downtown locations (a vast, raw former commercial storefront in the Bromo Tower District), “RFP” was built and evolved all day, every day, over the course of two months. Throughout, visitors were welcomed into the space as I worked, and encouraged both by me and by the design of the piece to contribute (a large central table beckoned with tape, pens, and paper piles – some slips blank, others with prompts encouraging reflection on the city and our places in it, like “I feel the most like I belong here when…”, "this town needs...", and "Baltimore is..."). Though the exhibition closed February 28th, the visitor additions, which were thoroughly documented, are being compiled into a book.

More information and documentation on the project can be found at: www.rfpbaltimore.org

Recent Drawings IV

This group of drawings are representative of a body of work presently underway - though related to the landscape concerns of my past work, these works have more in common with the subjective organization of my installations than my older drawings, and more extensively capitalize on the metaphoric potential of landscape idioms.

Rage Faces

This zine features a collection of delicate pen and ink portraits I made from looking at the blurry blown up margins of photographs of Trump rally crowds during summer 2016. I had just spent several days watching the RNC through VPN on a laptop while at a residency in Shanghai, China. Far removed physically from the political theater at play, my sense of frustration and individual impotence was especially high.

The drawings making up this zine began from this tense psychological place - but as I did them, they slowed me down, and made me really look, ask questions, and grapple with nuance (as drawing does).

28pp, edition of 100, available at Printed Matter, Inc (NYC) https://www.printedmatter.org/catalog/45902/ and Atomic Books (Baltimore) https://atomicbooks.com/products/rage-faces

  • Rage Faces (cover)

    This zine features a collection of delicate pen and ink portraits I made from looking at the blurry blown up margins of photographs of Trump rally crowds during summer 2016. I had just spent several days watching the RNC through VPN on a laptop while at a residency in Shanghai, China.
  • Rage Faces (interior spread detail)

    This zine features a collection of delicate pen and ink portraits I made from looking at the blurry blown up margins of photographs of Trump rally crowds during summer 2016. I had just spent several days watching the RNC through VPN on a laptop while at a residency in Shanghai, China.
  • Rage Faces (interior spread detail)

    This zine features a collection of delicate pen and ink portraits I made from looking at the blurry blown up margins of photographs of Trump rally crowds during summer 2016. I had just spent several days watching the RNC through VPN on a laptop while at a residency in Shanghai, China.
  • Rage Faces (Interior spread detail)

    This zine features a collection of delicate pen and ink portraits I made from looking at the blurry blown up margins of photographs of Trump rally crowds during summer 2016. I had just spent several days watching the RNC through VPN on a laptop while at a residency in Shanghai, China.
  • Rage Faces (detail)

    This zine features a collection of delicate pen and ink portraits I made from looking at the blurry blown up margins of photographs of Trump rally crowds during summer 2016. I had just spent several days watching the RNC through VPN on a laptop while at a residency in Shanghai, China.
  • Rage Faces (detail)

    This zine features a collection of delicate pen and ink portraits I made from looking at the blurry blown up margins of photographs of Trump rally crowds during summer 2016. I had just spent several days watching the RNC through VPN on a laptop while at a residency in Shanghai, China.
  • Rage Faces (detail)

    This zine features a collection of delicate pen and ink portraits I made from looking at the blurry blown up margins of photographs of Trump rally crowds during summer 2016. I had just spent several days watching the RNC through VPN on a laptop while at a residency in Shanghai, China.
  • Rage Faces (detail)

    This zine features a collection of delicate pen and ink portraits I made from looking at the blurry blown up margins of photographs of Trump rally crowds during summer 2016. I had just spent several days watching the RNC through VPN on a laptop while at a residency in Shanghai, China.

C-Span Portraits (We Are Watching You) - 2017

This suite of drawings, currently in progress, are the result of researching C-Span's extensive online archives to uncover little known/reported information about members of the United States Congress. I draw one each weekday and post to social media with contextualizing information.

  • Sanders (C-Span)

    This suite of drawings, currently in progress, are the result of researching C-Span's extensive online archives to uncover little known/reported information about members of the United States Congress. I draw one each weekday and post to social media with contextualizing information: "For today's C-Span portrait, I drew Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-VT, as he speaks with Secretary of Education nominee Betsy DeVos during her January 17th confirmation hearing.
  • Capito (C-Span)

    This suite of drawings, currently in progress, are the result of researching C-Span's extensive online archives to uncover little known/reported information about members of the United States Congress. I draw one each weekday and post to social media with contextualizing information: "My C-Span portrait today features Senator Shelley Moore Capito, R-WV, as she delivers her inaugural floor speech on March 10, 2015.
  • Inhofe (C-Span)

    This suite of drawings, currently in progress, are the result of researching C-Span's extensive online archives to uncover little known/reported information about members of the United States Congress. I draw one each weekday and post to social media with contextualizing information: "Today’s C-Span portrait pictures Sen. James Inhofe, R-OK, as he addresses the Heritage Foundation regarding Energy and Climate policy, on December 8, 2016.
  • Hirono (C-Span)

    This suite of drawings, currently in progress, are the result of researching C-Span's extensive online archives to uncover little known/reported information about members of the United States Congress. I draw one each weekday and post to social media with contextualizing information: "In today’s C-Span portrait, Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-HI, addresses the Senate on June 23, 2016 to commemorate the passage of Title IX, and to introduce (simultaneous to Rep. Louise Slaughter in the House) the Patsy S. Mink Gender Equity in Education Act of 2016.
  • McConnell (C-Span)

    This suite of drawings, currently in progress, are the result of researching C-Span's extensive online archives to uncover little known/reported information about members of the United States Congress. I draw one each weekday and post to social media with contextualizing information: "Another weekday, and a new C-Span senate portrait. Here's Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-KY, standing for a Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony honoring foot soldiers of the 1965 Civil Rights marches in Selma that led to the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (source: C-Span).
  • Sessions (C-Span)

    This suite of drawings, currently in progress, are the result of researching C-Span's extensive online archives to uncover little known/reported information about members of the United States Congress. I draw one each weekday and post to social media with contextualizing information: "Today's congressional C-Span portrait: Senator Jeff Sessions, R-AL. Here is Senator Sessions on 12/16/15, delivering an impassioned floor speech on immigration.
  • Coons (C-Span)

    This suite of drawings, currently in progress, are the result of researching C-Span's extensive online archives to uncover little known/reported information about members of the United States Congress. I draw one each weekday and post to social media with contextualizing information: "Congressional portrait of the day: here's Senator Chris Coons, D-De, on January 10, 2017, questioning Senator Jeff Sessions during the latter's confirmation hearing for Attorney General of the United States.
  • Scott (C-span)

    This suite of drawings, currently in progress, are the result of researching C-Span's extensive online archives to uncover little known/reported information about members of the United States Congress. I draw one each weekday and post to social media with contextualizing information: "Next up in the series of drawings I've started depicting our legislators: Senator Tim Scott, R-SC.
  • Tillis (C-Span)

    This suite of drawings, currently in progress, are the result of researching C-Span's extensive online archives to uncover little known/reported information about members of the United States Congress. I draw one each weekday and post to social media with contextualizing information: "I've started drawing our elected legislators from C-Span footage (which is extensively archived and available, free, online to anyone who's interested.) Here is Senator Thom Tillis, R-NC, on January 6th, 2017, the day the electoral college votes were officially counted.

Drawing Installations 2013-2015

Over the past several years, I've been developing a body of temporary works that draws thematically from my works on paper and allows me to experiment with the forms that interest me on a large scale. Like my other work, I think of these pieces as drawings - they're made with similar materials (paint and paper), and there are many parallels with my other work in terms of the way they're put together (both make use of collage as a fundamental strategy, for instance). These "wall drawings" afford me different kinds of opportunities from my smaller drawings, however - primarily the chance to more aggressively make use of space, dramatize the page with atmospheric lighting, and to envelop/implicate the viewer.

  • Grid Plan

    Three views of a site specific drawing installation for "The Neighbors", American University Art Museum, 2014
  • Better Waverly

    Site specific drawing installation for "High Contrast" at CCBC Catonsville, MD, 2014
  • Para-Site

    Four details of a site specific drawing installation for the Sondheim Semifinalists' Exhibition, MICA, Baltimore, MD, 2014
  • Para-site

    Panoramic view of a site specific drawing installation for the Sondheim Semifinalists' Exhibition, MICA, Baltimore, MD, 2014
  • Drift

    Two detail views of a site specific drawing installation for Olin Gallery, Washington and Jefferson University, 2014
  • Drift

    Two detail views of a site specific drawing installation for Olin Gallery, Washington and Jefferson University, 2014
  • Drift

    Detail view of a site specific drawing installation for Olin Gallery, Washington and Jefferson University, 2014
  • Pump Fake

    Site specific drawing installation for NoMA Bid project with Washington Project for the Arts, Washington, DC, 2013
  • Rover

    Two views of a site specific drawing installation for Maryland Art Place Benefit, Baltimore, MD, 2013
  • boomtown

    Site specific drawing installation for Birke Gallery, Marshall University, Huntington, WV, 2013

Drawing Installations 2011-2013

Over the past several years, I've been developing a body of temporary works that draws thematically from my works on paper and allows me to experiment with the forms that interest me on a large scale. Like my other work, I think of these pieces as drawings - they're made with similar materials (paint and paper), and there are many parallels with my other work in terms of the way they're put together (both make use of collage as a fundamental strategy, for instance). These "wall drawings" afford me different kinds of opportunities from my smaller drawings, however - primarily the chance to more aggressively make use of space, dramatize the page with atmospheric lighting, and to envelop/implicate the viewer.

  • Co-dependency

    View of a site specific installation at "House, Dignified", Area 405, 2013
  • Loop

    Wall drawing, Towson Town Center, for Maryland Art Place "Impact" Public Art program, 2013
  • S.O.S.

    Two views of a site specific installation at Meyerhoff Gallery, MICA, 2013
  • Edge City

    View of a site specific installation at the Pearl Conard Gallery, the Ohio State University, Mansfield, 2013
  • Gathering

    Two installation views of a site specific piece at Bridge Gallery, New York, NY, 2012.
  • Greenmount

    Site specific installation for "Beyond the Parking Lot", Artisphere, Arlington, VA, 2012.
  • Back Alley

    Two installation views of a site specific piece for the Sondheim Semifinalists Show, Artscape, Maryland Institute College of Art, 2012.
  • Limn

    Three installation views of a site specific piece at the Furlong Gallery, University of Wisconsin-Stout, 2012.
  • Walkshed

    Three installation views of a site specific piece at the Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, Wilmington, DE, 2011.
  • Import

    Three installation views of a site specific piece at Volta 7, Basel, Switzerland, 2011.

Recent Drawings III

This group of drawings are representative of a body of work presently underway - though related to the landscape concerns of my past work, these works have more in common with the subjective organization of my installations than my older drawings, and more extensively capitalize on the metaphoric potential of landscape idioms.

Recent Drawings II

This group of drawings are representative of a body of work presently underway - though related to the landscape concerns of my past work, these works have more in common with the subjective organization of my installations than my older drawings, and more extensively capitalize on the metaphoric potential of landscape idioms.

Recent Drawings I

This current body of drawings build on the landscape concerns of my earlier work while also pulling in idiosyncratic personal iconography. Begun during my residency at the Embassy for Foreign Artists in Geneva, Switzerland (April-June 2015) this work continues.

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