Hiya! I’m Amanda. I’m a painter, maker, artist, designer, and a bunch of other names for things that look cool on a business card.
This is the part where I tell you why I was born to create art and why you should buy some from me. But I’m not. Because the truth is we are all born to make art, I’m just one of the few who gets to do it for money. By that fact alone, in the grand scheme of humanity, I have already won the lottery. This is a great job. When I am mixing paint and getting ready to apply it to the canvas, I can feel my cells shift. Can’t tell you where that comes from, but I suspect it means I am doing what I am supposed to be doing. This is it. I am here. This is now. The flowers are calling my name! And perhaps they are calling yours too.
Thank you for your interest in my work. I am so glad you are here!
Amanda Evanston (1979 | Evanston, Illinois) is a painter and mixed media artist. By exploring the concept of botanical landscapes in a nostalgic way, Evanston creates intense personal moments masterfully composed by means of rules and omissions, acceptance and refusal, luring the viewer round and round in circles. Her paintings question the conditions of appearance of an image in the context of contemporary visual culture in which images, representations, and ideas normally function. By applying abstraction, she investigates the dynamics of landscape, including the manipulation of its effects and the limits of spectacle based on our assumptions of what flowers mean to us. Rather than presenting a factual reality, an illusion is fabricated to conjure the realms of our imagination. Her works avoid references to recognizable form. The results are deconstructed to the extent that meaning is shifted and possible interpretation becomes multifaceted. By studying sign processes, signification and communication, she makes work that generates diverse meanings. Associations and symbolism collide. Space becomes time and language becomes image. Evanston’s work establishes a link between the landscape’s reality and that imagined by the viewer. A graduate of the School of the Art Institute, Amanda Evanston currently works out of her studio in Wilmette Illinois, and when not painting, spends her free time writing long-winded and pretentious artist bios.