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About the Artist

Amanda Knowles (Shoreline) earned a M.F.A. in Printmaking from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania. She has received a grant from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation as well as two Artist Trust GAP grants. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and is currently represented by Davidson Galleries in Seattle and Guthrie Contemporary in New Orleans. Knowles' work is structured around science as a unit of context, but is abstracted as she shapes from images culled from scientific texts and, most recently, from her investigations using the Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM).

Amanda received a 2008 GAP to defray costs associated with creating a new body of work that journey into the sculptural realm. As opposed to previous installations, imagery will be cut into steel by a local metal fabricator, allowing the creation of larger and more detailed pieces. The larger installation will consider and explore a new type of interaction with the ground they hang over, investigating painted/stenciled backgrounds.

Amanda received a 2004 GAP to help defray the cost of maintaining a studio and home in Seattle while taking part in two residencies, at Centrum in Port Townsend, Washington for one month, and at Bemis Center for Contemporary Art in Omaha, Nebraska for two months. As a printmaker who has recently expanded into drawing and mixed media, her work at these residencies will focus not only on printmaking, but the incorporation of photography and sculpture into her two-dimensional pieces. “My work is a personal response to science. The work pieces together scientific data and abstract shapes, the raw material, creating a visual language that interprets the processing of ideas.”

Amanda received 2015 GAP funding to rent a Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) to be used to create a group of 7-10 large-scale pieces using images from her previous exploration with SEM. To further pursue this line of inquiry, Amanda will expand this photographic exploration by experimenting with the SEM as a method of producing the images.

Information included above was provided by artist at the time of application.

Information included above was provided by artist at the time of application.