Rose’s work has a heavy feminist approach primarily focused on giving a visual representation of the female experiences and struggles that she has personally grappled with. From being harrassed since she was young and living through sexual violence, to learning how to manage her femininity to not be seen as weak because of it. Acquiring skills in moving through male-dominated fields, Rose’s main inspirations for her pieces prove to be not from a text or a pieced of media, but from her own lived experiences. With this the artist understands that these situations are not exclusive to her, they are part of a universal female familiarity with “what it's like and what it takes to be a woman”. It can also be noticed how the artist’s work has a substantial amount of synchronicity and numbers, these elements talk to a very specific situation that is intimate to a lot of women: looking for numbers and signs around them in their everyday life as an indicator of reassurance that everything is under control, even when everything else suggests it’s not. This also touches on the longing women have for being in control of themselves, their image, their safety, and their freedom; and how that sense of control is stripped away time and time again by patriarchy.
Although the viewer’s relationship with the pieces may vary, the artist’s main intention is for them to meet in a place of understanding, acknowledgment, and accountability. Creating a space where truth and experience take a visual form, bringing a more digestible version of these topics that can sometimes be amorphous or too big to comprehend. Rose wants to create conversations not only among women but among men as well.
Rose finds inspiration from artists such as Avery Singer, Pablo Picasso, and Yayoi Kusama. She brings her artistic visions to the canvas, incorporating the use of light, color, and a clear influence from cubism and futurism. Her paintings are erratic, erotic, and have in many instances a chaotic order, that although can seem messy, it can still be recognized. Similar to Lari Pittman’s work.
Amanda is continuing to explore the different narratives she can bring into her work with the aid of color, light, shapes, and new materials. Although her craft may evolve, she’s set on keeping the soul of her practice on what it has been since the beginning: giving voice and reassurance to the female experience, whether it's the positive or negative side of it.
"Almost every woman I have ever met has a secret belief that she is just on the edge of madness, that there is some deep, crazy part within her, that she must be on guard constantly against 'losing control' - of her temper, of her appetite, of her sexuality, of her feelings, of her ambition, of her secret fantasies, of her mind"
- Elana Dykewomon "Notes for a Magazine”.
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