For me, art making is a healing 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 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 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.    The natural world is the vehicle that connects me to something larger than myself. Observing and participating in nature teaches me respect for and appreciation of our fragile, ephemeral lives. Creating my art is how I process our digitized, self-centered, “ME” culture that monopolizes the world. Through my practice, I am able to connect with my surroundings, and share that connection with people, in an authentic and meaningful way.    How do we connect to nature and to each other? How do we express ourselves in nature and to each other? How does nature adapt with the passage of time? How do we?    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, love, fear, pain, death, awakening, and desire.    

For me, art making is a healing 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 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 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.

The natural world is the vehicle that connects me to something larger than myself. Observing and participating in nature teaches me respect for and appreciation of our fragile, ephemeral lives. Creating my art is how I process our digitized, self-centered, “ME” culture that monopolizes the world. Through my practice, I am able to connect with my surroundings, and share that connection with people, in an authentic and meaningful way.

How do we connect to nature and to each other? How do we express ourselves in nature and to each other? How does nature adapt with the passage of time? How do we?

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, love, fear, pain, death, awakening, and desire.

 

 
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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 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

 

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. “There’s never just one meaning in a piece, but a whole fable, parable or story attached. Take my piñata piece ‘El Burro’ piece for example. Is there a party happening? Is it time to crack something open? Are you blindfolded while doing it? Or can you see clearly? What happens after it’s opened? Did you find treasure, or something you don’t really want?” 

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. Ever since, she has been practicing this unique art form, pushing the boundaries of her craft, innovating technique and style.

McCauley forges a new path by producing her own exhibitions and presenting her creations in a cross-section of traditional and non-traditional venues: galleries, pop-up venues, art fairs, window installations, and even residential real estate environments. Her solo shows often sell out with a growing base of continued supporters and newcomers alike. 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