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Following strong showings at Scope (Miami)\, Moniker (London) and Stroke (Munich) art fairs\, Amanda Marie comes to Los Angeles wi th an impressive new collection of work for "From Here On Out" at C.A.V.E. Gallery. 

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Using spray paint and stencils\, Amanda Marie creates boy and girl characters reminiscent of iconic mid 20th century children's b ooks\, and plays on the sameness and ubiquity of an  instantly recognizable representation of wholesome American innocence.   There is an immediate fe eling of childhood nostalgia in the artwork of Amanda Marie.  Yet the story book imagery is laced with mischief\, mystery and allegory.

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Amanda Marie has co-opted a homogenized and stereotyped depiction of an ideal Modern Am erican childhood. Executed in a simplified illustrative style reminiscent o f the 1950s\, they seem to have been lifted from the pages of children's bo oks\, and have traded the protective home of childhood nostalgia for a slig htly more adventurous and unsettling world\, somewhere between dream and re ality. The children in Amanda Marie's artwork are forever caught ungrounded and out of context\, hovering in space\, blasted by expressionist splatter s\, and float within geometric diagrams. They encounter surreal scenarios w ell beyond the simple comfort of seeing spot run touching on the realities of alienation and feeling lost which lie underneath the surface of the pict ure perfect American childhood.

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Amanda Marie Ploegsma was born in 1981. She moved to Colorado in 2001 and currently lives in Greeley with her husband and two children-P urity (2) and Credence (5). She attended Rocky Mountain College of Art + De sign and has exhibited regularly in the US and Europe since 2005. 

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Amanda Marie is among the most talented women working in the genre of "Stencilism" with an endearing yet bold\, vis ual language accented by her trademark use of vintage sewing and geometric patterns. Her work is influenced by classic 'golden era' illustrators like Eloise Wilken\, Tibor Gergely and Leonard Weisgard.  

DTEND:20130203 DTSTAMP:20140830T221247 DTSTART:20130112 GEO:33.9916683;-118.4704376 LOCATION:C.A.V.E. Gallery\,1108 Abbot Kinney Blvd. \nVenice\, CA 90291 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:From Here on Out\, Amanda Marie UID:252093 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20130112T220000 DTSTAMP:20140830T221247 DTSTART:20130112T190000 GEO:33.9916683;-118.4704376 LOCATION:C.A.V.E. Gallery\,1108 Abbot Kinney Blvd. \nVenice\, CA 90291 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:From Here on Out\, Amanda Marie UID:252094 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR