Amanda Knowles

Seattle, Washington, USA

There is great beauty in the way that science strives to order the world. The work is based on a language of appropriation, employing, as well as subverting, the visual language of science and capitalizing on its omnipotence and omnipresence in contemporary culture. The ideas of my work are balanced between the organizational structure of scientific explanation (not the specifics) and a more abstracted reality, where the original context is obscured. The work utilizes imagery from engineering, math and physics, diagrams whose primary purpose is to explain or demonstrate. These references have become obscured, instead creating more abstract allusions to their associations with science. In pulling these images from the scientific bedrock and placing them in this other space, I hope to draw an intuitive or non-linear response instead of leading the viewer to think about the world in terms of reason and logic. The original references have become vague and, in turn, the work has become more abstract.


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