County: Spokane County
GAP Award 2019
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Amanda Caldwell is an artist from Spokane, Washington, who mainly focuses her energy on large-scale paintings. Having recently attended school at Eastern Washington University where she graduated from the Bachelor of Fine Arts program, with Honors Cum Laude, she often spent much of her time on public transit. Caldwell developed an interest in observing psychological and spatial interpretations of reality in public places and its connection to how people behave and interact with their environments. She holds the belief that her dependence upon metro-systems throughout her life has played a significant role in visually shaping the way she thinks and processes information, as well as fostering her creative development throughout her life experience.
Amanda Caldwell utilizes pictorial and intuitive geometric abstraction to construct environments that provoke dialogue surrounding interpretations of how memories are formed from individualized spatial and emotional distortions of external stimuli. The paintings record aspects of interactions with the systems weaved into the fabric of urban environments and basic living elements such as housing, communication, transportation, and technology. Referencing digital images accompanied by physical and mental processes, the work suggests a cohesiveness between observation and interpretation. The layout of the composition refers to exterior architectural forms, while the colorful content reflects the highly individualized internal realities of those who live a life shaped by the parameters of such systems.
Amanda received a 2019 GAP award to aid in the continuation of a large-scale series of public transit-inspired paintings. This funding will allow her to further explore this conceptual path creating, transporting, and documenting the work for use in both community-focused events and personal professional development.
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Rocking on Pink Lemonade, Oil on canvas, 2018
Starting to Start Starting, Oil and neodymium magnets on canvas, 2018
Gotta Go to Know, Oil and neodymium magnets on canvas, 2019
Coming Out as What it Is, Oil and neodymium magnets on canvas, 2019
Getting Where it Came From to Where it Is, Mixed media on panel, 2019