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.Â I worked hard and long at it â€“ moving from writing and selling handmade kidsâ€™ 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.Â Being an artist is part of who I am, and I am a better person when I am creating.Â But I am hoping to be a better person still, by working my social beliefs into my artworks â€“ by putting words, art and equity together.Â Â
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 â€“ it can decorate walls, tug on peopleâ€™s heartstrings, and sometimes make the world look nicer.Â It can also make people think and learn and help change the world - that is what I am after this time round.