Amanda Marie Eilis King is a conceptual visual artist who currently focuses on drawing and printmaking. She was born in 1988 in New York and obtained her Bachelors of Science locally at Skidmore College for Studio Art & Biology, and earned her Post-Baccalaureate degree at the Maryland Institute College of Art. A majority of her work during her undergraduate and post-bacc periods encompass her experience of the death of her father in his battle against a rare form of cancer, and the evolution of her home life as a single child throughout this ordeal. Because he opted for radiation injections as a treatment for his cancer, her frequent use of radiation masks and suits express the dilemmas within that choice. In addition, she chooses to create work that includes actual images based on photographs from her childhood, because of her helplessness, inferior, and innate connection to this experience. In 2015, she was finally able to fulfill a dream of gaining access to visit Chernobyl and Pripyat to further her research in the varying connotations of the effects of radiation.
In 2008, Amanda partook in a collaborative grant project with New Zealand artist, Claire Beynon and Wadsworth Lab biological lab researcher, Sam Bowser, which culminated with a joint exhibition of the work entitled “Interface” at the Tang Museum in Saratoga Springs, NY. She has also participated in several subsequent gallery shows in NY, including a juried exhibition at the Schick Art Gallery in 2009, artwork displayed in the Lucy Scribner Library at Skidmore College in 2009, and curated her own exhibition of work entitled “My Education” at the Case Gallery also in 2009. Three of her pieces have been retained by the Skidmore College and now permanently displayed in the Biology Department. She has also stretched beyond her media, and participated in one of Oliver Herring’s Task projects in 2009. While residing in Maryland from 2010-2013, she had work featured in shows spanning from Baltimore to Silver Spring, and was affiliated with Pyramid Atlantic where she further explored screen printing, letterpress, and book arts.
She currently resides in Colorado and is part of the artist co-op at Next Gallery Denver. Through this gallery, she has had three solo shows including: Residing in Our Epitaph (2014), The Kyiv Paintings (2015), and One More Thing (2016). She also owns a C&P letterpress machine, which she does custom wedding invitation and announcement work on. Currently, she is back in school for Mortuary Science, and continues to enjoy exploring abandoned buildings left in time. .