A little something about me...
Amanda Marie Eilis King is a conceptual visual artist who currently focuses on drawing and printmaking. She was born in 1988 in Latham, NY and obtained her Bachelors of Science locally at Skidmore College for Studio Art and earned her Post-Baccalaureate degree at the Maryland Institute College of Art. A majority of her work encompasses her recent personal experience of the death of her father in his battle against neuroendochromatic 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 from her childhood, because of her helplessness, inferior, and innate connection to this experience.
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, including a juried exhibition at the Schick Art Gallery in 2009, artwork displayed in the Lucy Scribner Library at Skidmore College in 2009, curated her own exhibition of work entitled “My Education” at the Case Gallery also in 2009, and frequently participated in “First Fridays” at 4 Central Gallery in Albany, NY in 2010. 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. Since residing in Maryland, she has had work featured in shows spanning from Baltimore to Silver Spring, and was even invited to create a print for an international exhibtion held in Northern Ireland and New Zealand.
She currently resides in Silver Spring teaching at a local private school, conducting private art lessons, printing during any free time, and apprenticing to become a tattoo artist at Ambrotos Tattoo.