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