Following strong showings at Scope (Miami), Moniker (London) and Stroke (Munich) art fairs, Amanda Marie comes to Los Angeles with an impressive new collection of work for "From Here On Out" at C.A.V.E. Gallery.
Using spray paint and stencils, Amanda Marie creates boy and girl characters reminiscent of iconic mid 20th century children's books, and plays on the sameness and ubiquity of an instantly recognizable representation of wholesome American innocence. There is an immediate feeling of childhood nostalgia in the artwork of Amanda Marie. Yet the storybook imagery is laced with mischief, mystery and allegory.
Amanda Marie has co-opted a homogenized and stereotyped depiction of an ideal Modern American childhood. Executed in a simplified illustrative style reminiscent of the 1950s, they seem to have been lifted from the pages of children's books, and have traded the protective home of childhood nostalgia for a slightly more adventurous and unsettling world, somewhere between dream and reality. The children in Amanda Marie's artwork are forever caught ungrounded and out of context, hovering in space, blasted by expressionist splatters, and float within geometric diagrams. They encounter surreal scenarios well beyond the simple comfort of seeing spot run touching on the realities of alienation and feeling lost which lie underneath the surface of the picture perfect American childhood.
Amanda Marie Ploegsma was born in 1981. She moved to Colorado in 2001 and currently lives in Greeley with her husband and two children-Purity (2) and Credence (5). She attended Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design and has exhibited regularly in the US and Europe since 2005.
Amanda Marie is among the most talented women working in the genre of "Stencilism" with an endearing yet bold, visual 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.