We’re very pleased to introduce Amanda Grafe, an artist, illustrator and author of four books. A Rhode Island native, she holds a M.S. from Johnson & Wales University. We met Amanda at the Rhode Island Author’s Expo in December and were immediately impressed with her creative work. We hope you will be, too.
Artist’s Statement (1):
Abstract painting allow rules to be bent in ways other art forms cannot. Sticking mainly with oils, but occasionally incorporating other mediums, has given me a chance to selfishly explore, emotionally mend, deconstruct enigmas, and fight against both societal and personal constructs I feel do not serve humanity. Generally, I prefer not to title my work. Although titles are useful, I believe they can in some instances confine the viewer’s mind, instructing them as to what they should be noticing, not what they are actually seeing or feeling.
Artist’s Statement (2):
To me, the most important part of art is not the materials themselves. Canvas and paint are meaningless if they are not being viewed and interpreted. The interaction I have with people who take an interest in my work, and even those who don’t, is a priceless encounter that I would not have been afforded, had I not put brush to board. What is art’s purpose if not, in some way, to connect us all?
Artist’s Statement (3):
Yes, art is a conduit of knowledge, a snapshot of aesthetic beauty, a revelation of atrocities, and a keeper of history—but more than that, it unites those willing to look, finds those who have been lost, and frees the soul through boundless interpretation.
Artist’s Statement (4):
Abstraction invites the mind and the body to take journeys to undisclosed destinations. Colors may spark emotion, shapes may trigger memories, and composition may serve as the setting for an unraveling plot. Though I do enjoy the technical aspects of art and painting animals, sometimes it is more satisfying to share with viewers that which allows them to find some relief, some pain, joy, even anger—something that lets them know they are alive.
Amanda’s first book was published when she was just eighteen years of age. She believes in making the world a better place through understanding, kindness and access to the arts. Amanda is a member of aforementioned the Association of Rhode Island Authors and enjoys spreading the word about new and emerging artists. You can learn more about her at her website. This is her first feature on The Fictional Café.