More About Amanda
Amanda McCauley is a contemporary American artist whose mixed media work fuses materials from the natural world with imagery of everyday objects such as cakes, fashion, animals, sea life, home furnishings and items of cultural trends. Inspired by the ideology of the Symbolist movement, her subject matter is often layered in deeper meanings. Each piece of art is painstakingly made with layers of collaged materials including dried flowers, leaves, sticks, and moss.
The artist experiments with various materials including vintage fabrics, gold leaf, encaustic wax, handmade paper, cut glass, and cut-paper collage.
Born in 1967 in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Blacksburg, VA, she received her Masters in Graphic Design from The Portfolio Center in Atlanta, GA. Years later, McCauley created a novel idea, the art of pressed flowers + graphic design. She has been practicing this unique art form, pushing the boundaries of her craft, innovating technique and style.
McCauley produces her own exhibitions and shows her creations in a cross-section of traditional and non-traditional venues: galleries, pop-up venues, art fairs, window installations, and real estate environments. She maintains a rigorous studio practice, and is currently developing teaching workshops to share her love of flowers and art.
With a passionate drive to enact positive change in the world, McCauley donates a significant portion of her work to the many causes she supports. Her works are held in private collections in Virginia, Washington, California, New York, New Jersey, Illinois, South Carolina, Montana, Texas, Florida and Hawaii. McCauley currently lives and works in New York.
For inquiries, pricing, & commission ideas, please contact her directly at email@example.com
Personal Statement from the Artist
For me, art making is a healing and meditative practice. Interacting with nature's elements gives me a sense of being connected to all things of this earth and beyond. After foraging and collecting the flora, I deconstruct the petals and position them in large flower presses to reshape and dry. The pieces are then re-imagined into graphic works of art. Often layered, collaged, color-enhanced, with touches of gold leaf, and suspended in thin layers of encaustic, my work is an act of heightened consciousness.
In harnessing the energy of nature and capturing cycles of the natural world, I am both an observer and participant as the elements magically lock into place. Foraging, shaping, preserving, and building natural works open channels of curiosity and wonder. It's almost as if the petals direct me where, when and how; I am merely a vessel for imagination, creation and presentation. Nature does the work.
At first glance, the imagery in my work looks like mainstream iconography of everyday objects. For me, the images are intensely personal, and private references. I ask the viewer to contemplate and consider deeper, hidden meanings. There is not a singular message, but an entire network of associations. I am influenced by literature, music, spirituality, and art. I work in an experimental manner, expressing myself through recurring themes of time, choices, love, loss, awakening, and desire.
Artist’s Studio Tour / Lopez Island, WA 2017
Manhattan Pop-Up/ "State of Affairs" /Thursday May 18, 2017
Artist’s Studio Tour / Lopez Island, WA 2016
Venice Art Walk / "Seen, Not Heard" / Venice Beach, CA 2016
Quirk Gallery / "Seen, Not Heard" / Richmond, VA 2016
Art at The JCC / Group Show / Various Works / Santa Barbara, CA 2016
Artist’s Studio Tour / Lopez Island, WA 2015
Pop-Up Gallery / "The Seacret Garden" / Venice Beach, CA 2015
The Underground Kitchen / "The Seventh Floor" / Richmond, VA 2015
The Prestwould / "The Seventh Floor" / Richmond, VA 2015
Artist’s Studio Tour / Lopez Island, WA 2014
Pop-Up Gallery / "A Natural Attraction" / Venice Beach, CA 2014
Artist’s Studio Tour / Lopez Island, WA 2013
Fred Hutch Cancer Research Center / "Breakthrough Discoveries" / Seattle, WA 2013
Pop-Up Gallery / "The Nature of LA" / Venice Beach, CA 2013
Pop-Up Gallery / "The Secret's In The Trees" / Richmond, VA 2013
Artist’s Studio Tour/ Lopez Island, WA 2012
Roan Shop Pop-Up / "In & Out of Time" / Richmond, VA 2012
Artist’s Studio Tour / Lopez Island, WA 2011
Pop-Up Gallery / "Botanical Interpretations" / Islandscape Nursery / Lopez Island, WA 2011
Pop-Up Gallery / "Into the Wild" / Richmond, VA 2011