Amanda Firenze

My name is Amanda (she/her) and I am a printmaking artist living and working in Portarlington, Victoria, which is Wadawurrung Country. I acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land, waterways and skies where I work and live, the Wadawurrung People, and pay my respects to Elders past and present. Sovereignty was never ceded - this land always was and will be, Aboriginal land.

In terms of me, I studied art at high school, dabbled in pottery after that and then fell into printmaking in 2009.  I worked hard and long at it – moving from writing and selling handmade kids’ books, then selling reproduced canvas prints, cards etc at markets, through to exhibiting original works that usually contained my writing in one way or another.

I went through a bit of a rough patch and laid down my tools for about three years, picking them back up in 2020.  Being an artist is part of who I am, and I am a better person when I am creating.  But I am hoping to be a better person still, by working my social beliefs into my artworks – by putting words, art and equity together.  

Printmaking is the perfect medium for this - by its very nature it is designed for reproduction, is lowbrow and low cost. These artworks will not be for sale - they are about making change, not money.

Art does many things – it can decorate walls, tug on people’s heartstrings, and sometimes make the world look nicer.  It can also make people think and learn and help change the world - that is what I am after this time round.

About Our Member

Member Type: individual
Location: Portarlington
Art Form: Visual Arts

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