" For me, art making is a spiritual practice.   Interacting with nature's elements gives me a sense of being connected to all things of this earth and beyond. My work is an act of meditation -- a state 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, wonder, and delight. 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.    In building these ephemeral, natural works, my aim is to capture moments in time -- past, present and future. A flirtatious wink, a serious question, a poignant observation, a thrilling adventure, a heartbreaking loss, a gut-busting laugh - my works are stories of human nature, expressed through nature itself."

"For me, art making is a spiritual practice. Interacting with nature's elements gives me a sense of being connected to all things of this earth and beyond. My work is an act of meditation -- a state 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, wonder, and delight. 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.

In building these ephemeral, natural works, my aim is to capture moments in time -- past, present and future. A flirtatious wink, a serious question, a poignant observation, a thrilling adventure, a heartbreaking loss, a gut-busting laugh - my works are stories of human nature, expressed through nature itself."

 
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EXHIBITIONS

Clio Art Fair / New York, NY/ October 2017

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 Show / "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

 

After a long, not-so-illustrious career in advertising, Amanda left her love/hate relationship in marketing, and enrolled in art school at The Portfolio Center in Atlanta, GA. She studied intensely and thrived. Mid-way through the rigorous Masters-equivalent program, her talents were recognized when she was awarded "Best in Show" for a ceiling installation piece. Upon graduation, her former fabulous employer Goodby, Silverstein & Partners in San Francisco re-hired her as a Designer/Art Director.  Soon after, circumstances swiftly took her to Los Angeles and she began yet another path in search of her true calling. Eventually she discovered a novel idea - the art of pressed flowers + graphic design. For nearly 10 years, McCauley has been practicing this art form, pushing the boundaries of her craft, innovating technique and style. And as she frequently jokes, "Like a good Perrenial, I'm still going strong." McCauley deconstructs flowers, leaves and other natural materials and positions them in large presses to shape, and dry. The petals are collapsed into flat planes; a singular dimension, and then re-mounted in layer upon layer, sometimes using chalk paint, gold leafing techniques and fabric with the petals for a collaging effect. The elements are re-imagined them into graphic works of art. She describes her work as botanical collage – offering a fresh, new, and contemporary look for this typical, conventional art form. Her works are in private collections in Virginia, Washington, California, and New York. McCauley currently lives and works in New York, Los Angeles, and Lopez Island.

For inquiries, pricing, & commission ideas, please contact her directly at amcchiggins@me.com