Originally from Fort Worth TX via Essexville MI, Amanda Joy Brown is a contemporary painter/installation artist who works out of her studio in Savannah, Georgia. Studying for a BFA in Graphic Design at Harding University, Brown became interested in painting through a required class her sophomore year. She graduated with a BS in 2006, and applied to the MFA Painting program at the Savannah College of Art and Design.
Her thesis work presents ideas about the the inability of opposite ideas to exist independently, or in extreme, pure states. Extensive experience abroad along with research in the intertwined fields of religion philosophy, and the physicality of nature have shaped a worldview that is the inspiration for her body of work. At an abstract level, her pieces explore intuitive and logical patterns of relational subject matter utilizing the symbolism behind the tactile and referential characteristics of the materials, ranging from yarn and electrical wire to silverpoint and oil paint.
In her crowd series, Brown explores the overwhelming information contained in a space occupied by many people at one time. Reducing the information to a linear element, these canvases are painted very similarly to how one makes sense in the moment of a chaotic situation such as a crowd: processing a visual through the analytically-guided fluidity of paint.
Brown’s work has been exhibited internationally in Switzerland, France, and various shows in the states in locations such as North Carolina, Arkansas, and Georgia. She has been honored by a portfolio scholarship at both Harding University and SCAD, the 2008 recipient of the Josh Yu scholarship, and has been published in the 2008 December Playbill at Carnegie Hall as a winner of the cover art competition.
For questions or comments about her work, emails are welcome at firstname.lastname@example.org