My work is about making the best possible outcome from what information and tools are given and how it is different each time I work. I make new work out of the process of working and playing with a material or imagery. I do not work from an idea that has come fully formed to mind, but from reacting to previous steps, sitting with an idea, thinking through the subsequent steps, being open to the process. I do not necessarily have a vision of the final artwork before I start and don’t know how many layers of information/imagery, nor how long it will take to get to the finished state.
The pieces are an extension of the constant mental reinvestigation that we all do – the mulling over of conversations, the reviewing of information and interactions. In this same way the pieces are worked and reworked, overworked and resuscitated, simplified and finished. The outcome, seen in color, mark and form trace an attempt to visually comprehend and at times structure the world.
Amanda Knowles earned a MA and MFA in Printmaking from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania. She has received a grant from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation as well as three GAP grants from Artist Trust. Knowles has taught classes and workshops, has held several artist residencies including a 2017 residency at the Ucross Foundation, and has been a visiting artist at universities around the United States. She served on the board of Seattle Print Arts from 2005-2017. In 2017 she joined the Duwamish Artist Residency. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, and is included in the collections of 4Culture – King County Portable Works (Seattle, WA), ArtsWA – Washington State Art Collection, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), Fidelity Investments (Boston, MA), Triennale de Chamalieres Print Center (France), among others.
Amanda Knowles currently teaches printmaking and drawing at North Seattle College, and is the director of the North Seattle College Art Gallery.