medium: graphic art
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Artist resides in: Madison, WI
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
My work is a personal response to science. Coming from a scientific family I have always been around science and the language of science. Taking this information from its original context and repositioning it in the world of art has led me to a translation. My work pieces together scientific data and abstract shapes, the raw material, creating a visual language that interprets the processing of ideas. My work investigates scientific information in the artistic realm, subordinating linear thought and the knowledge base from which the information originates to create an aesthetic interpretation of the moments leading to understanding.
As informational images are taken out of the circumstances that allow them to convey that information the results become different solutions to a different type of experimentation. If the utilitarian intent is taken away from the image and instead the art-based idea is instilled the idea of the image changes. I use these images to create a translation of science that speaks to not having done the homework. No longer are these specific images about specific ideas or relevant meanings, but are put into a context where everyone can glean something from them, using the kind of looking that art requires and not science.
I have experimented with combining images that are tenuously related linking them to create new results, hypotheses, and meanings. This work contains fragments of information from which the artist, as well as the viewer, can interpret the whole.
Amanda Knowles received her MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her work has been exhibited locally and around the country in such venues as SOHO20 Chelsea Gallery, New York, NY; the Hunterdon Museum of Art, Clinton, NJ; and the Sioux City Art Center, Sioux City, IA. Her artwork has been included in permanent collections such as the Print Collection at the University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona; the Kenneth Spencer Research Library at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas; and the Hunterdon Museum of Art, Clinton, NJ.