Amanda Marie Eilis King is a visual artist who explores drawing, painting, printmaking, film photography, and abandoned buildings. She was born in 1988 in New York and obtained her Bachelors of Science locally at Skidmore College for Studio Art & Biology, and then 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 chose 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.
She currently resides in Denver, Colorado and is finishing up her degree in Mortuary Science to become an embalmer. She's had three solo shows at Next Gallery during her time here, 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 invitation and announcement work on.