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Root Bound by Amanda Kaler, MAG Gallery


MAG Gallery 5/4 - 5/26
Opening Reception: Friday / May 4 / 6-8pm

Artist Statement: 
Through my work I explore the relationship between objects and their contents; when does protection become restriction?  Using cast-off fragments like bark, leaves, rocks, and animal remains in combination with living plants, I allude to the malleability of living things.  When these natural elements are displayed in containers-whether jars, boxes, or frames-I compel the viewer to question the intent of the arrangements:  Is it to elevate the object, or does it simply restrict it?  Does it force it to conform for rules that I, as creator, have placed on it? 

I repeatedly use formal components that have appeared in my previous work to confront my issues with attachment.  In reappropriating objects I depict the illusion of growth.  Through the process of artmaking, I attempt to reconcile my role as advocate and antagonist.

Artist Bio:
Amanda Kaler received her BFA in Printmaking from Murray State University in 2017, where she graduated magna cum laude.  She works in a variety of mediums with an emphasis in assemblage.  She has exhibited her work locally, winning several awards, including Best in Show/Department of Art & Design's Purchase Award at the 2017 OMAS Juried Exhibition and the Patricia L. Summerville Excellence in Printmaking Award.


Earlier Event: April 14
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