MFA, Clemson University, 2018
Q:What year are you at Clemson and what is your dream job after you graduate?
A: I am a second year (or 4th semester) graduate student in the M.F.A. program. After I graduate, my ultimate goal is to continue being a practicing artist. However, I also would like to remain connected to the art community either through being a professor of photography or doing curatorial work at a gallery or museum. I have an open mind as far as a job after graduation.
Q: How would you describe your design aesthetic/ style?
A: My work is photography based, but very sculptural. I take a constructed image approach to photography.
Q: What do you love most about being an artist?
A: Being an artist gives me an opportunity to study a multitude of my interests, and to participate in the conversation surrounding those interests through art. But beyond that, being an artist gives me a voice, connecting me to people and what is happening in the world.
Q: What are your inspirations? In general and for the selected piece.
A:Being outside in nature has always been a type of sanctuary for me, environments we are surrounded by or retreat to, have been a common thread in my work. The selected piece is from recent travels, driving across the U.S., which I took in order to experience a variety landscapes and environments and supplement my current research.
Q:What piece of work or project are you most proud of and why?
A: There’s no one piece of work or project that I’m most proud of… I suppose I am just proud that I have made it to where I am in graduate school and that my ideas expressed through my work connect me with others and contemporary art. I am content that each piece leads me to a new place.
Q: What are some other art related internships, demonstrations, gallery showings, or publications you have been involved with?
A: Graduate of East Tennessee State University, B.F.A. in Studio Art concentration in Photography, B.F.A. solo exhibition Sanctuary (2015) at ETSU Slocumb Galleries, Included in Fauna exhibition (2014) in San Anselmo, California, juried by internationally renowned photographer William Wegman, Gallery Intern at East Tennessee State University (2014-2015), Multiple national and region group shows since 2012.
See some of Amanda's previous work below.