CRE Fellow 2013: Amanda Lilleston
My work as an artist explores the mutuality between the world and the bodies it continually shapes. I was trained as an ecological biologist. I see biological beings as systems of interactions among chemical, physical, and behavioral processes. My work is a lens through which I view people as landscapes, discerning characteristics that indicate specialized relationships with the world.
I see bodies as living transcripts of our encounters with the world. This perspective was influenced by my experience as an anatomical specimen analyst and as a wilderness medical technician. I have seen how no two bodies are the same; how physical interactions with the world shape our morphology, sculpting our bodies into records of the routines we live and the traumas we endure.
Printmaking is my tool for studying the compilations that we recognize as our physical beings. Biological ideas like replication and adaption are particularly well suited to print media. The evolutionary concept of path dependence is a functional parallel between “fixing” a printing matrix and the subsequent development of a printed image, and the “fixed” structure of our DNA and the various epigenetic changes that may occur in a person’s lifetime.
My time at Second State Press was invigorating-- through the CRE Fellowship I used the facilities and time for matrix development. I created work that launched exciting projects years after.