In my work, I repeat single geometric shapes until they mutate into exploding swarms. The forms reach a critical mass, creating a release of energy, or an uncontrolled viral growth, like a scientific experiment gone awry. The resulting image is ambiguous: is it an aberrant island viewed from above, a blossoming virus, a microscopic map of the brain, a cancerous growth or a flower from some science-fiction realm? I am interested in and influenced by architecture, geomorphology, cellular biology, and topography. I work on both sides of translucent drafting film, using pencil, ink, and acrylic paint. I use architectural templates, rulers, and screenprinting on the first layers, then add to those layers with freehand drawing and painting, mimicking and elaborating on the tool-made marks. I am fascinated by the idea that rigid geometric shapes can, through repetition, become organic, moving, exploding entities.
Artist Bio / CV
Amanda Hughen is a visual artist who has exhibited internationally, including the Berkeley Art Museum, the Oregon College of Arts and Crafts, the San Francisco Arts Commission Galleries, the Triton Museum of Art, and White Columns. She has been an Artist-in-Residence at the DeYoung Museum of Art, the Headlands Center for the Arts, and Yaddo, as well as a National Endowment for the Arts Scholar. She has served as Chair of the Advisory Board of the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, and has been a guest lecturer at Colby College, California College of the Arts, the Townsend Center for the Humanities, and Washington and Lee University, among other places. Hughen received a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature from Washington and Lee University in Virginia, and a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts from University of California, Berkeley, where she was awarded a full Block Grant Fellowship and the Eisner Prize.