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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 amcchiggins@me.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.


Exhibitions:

  • 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