My Account My Lightboxes Create Account Submissions Guidelines Help
[ ARTIST ARCHIVE ]
  ARTIST PORTFOLIO  
 
Amanda Hughen
updated: 09/09/2008
website: www.amandahughen.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
Artwork Title
art-medium
art-year
dimensions
Click thumbnails for full view:
 
Feastory
Feastory (DETAIL)
Consumptia
Consumptia (DETAIL)
Engorget
Engorget (DETAIL)
Speculation
Speculation (DETAIL)
Sepidemic
Sepidemic (DETAIL)
Compulsion
Compulsion (DETAIL)
 
 
Portfolio Keywords:  abstract, architecture, biomorphic, diagrammatic, geometric, landscape, mapping, obsessive, systems, repetition
 
 
Feastory by Amanda Hughen
Feastory
ink, graphite, and acrylic paint on drafting film
2007
36" x  56" 
Feastory (DETAIL) by Amanda Hughen
Feastory (DETAIL)
ink, graphite, and acrylic paint on drafting film
2007
36" x  56" 
Consumptia by Amanda Hughen
Consumptia
Ink, graphite, and acrylic paint on drafting film
2007
56" x  36" 
Consumptia (DETAIL) by Amanda Hughen
Consumptia (DETAIL)
ink, graphite, and acrylic paint on drafting film
2007
56" x  36" 
Engorget by Amanda Hughen
Engorget
ink, graphite, and acrylic paint on drafting film
2007
56" x  36" 
Engorget (DETAIL) by Amanda Hughen
Engorget (DETAIL)
ink, graphite, and acrylic paint on drafting film
2007
56" x  36" 
Speculation by Amanda Hughen
Speculation
ink, graphite, and acrylic paint on drafting film
2007
54" x  36" 
Speculation (DETAIL) by Amanda Hughen
Speculation (DETAIL)
ink, graphite, and acrylic paint on drafting film
2007
54" x  36" 
Sepidemic by Amanda Hughen
Sepidemic
ink, graphite, and acrylic paint on drafting film
2007
34.5" x  56" 
Sepidemic (DETAIL) by Amanda Hughen
Sepidemic (DETAIL)
ink, graphite, and acrylic paint on drafting film
2007
34.5" x  56" 
Compulsion by Amanda Hughen
Compulsion
ink, graphite, and acrylic paint on drafting film
2007
54" x  36" 
Compulsion (DETAIL) by Amanda Hughen
Compulsion (DETAIL)
ink, graphite, and acrylic paint on drafting film
2007
54" x  36" 

Artist Statement
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.