Amanda Jolley

Reflection on pattern and abstraction of the subconscious

Gallery

Good Intentions, 2020

These works are birthed from material and emotion. Gifted with the remnants of Greek Orthodox prayer candles, I found their sense of sacred the appropriate ground to begin working through harm caused by good intentions reproduced from following cultural norms and traditions. The works are abstractions of a dialogue between this material and the observations and reactions to the material when set aflame, a cathartic release. The global pandemic fell into the time period of creating these works and incidentally expanded the translation of process to a universal message of consumption and rebirth.

Influences of India, 2019-

Inspired by an observation of visual or modal pattern, these works embody the color, flow, and generational connection observed during a trip to Gujarat, India. To further ruminate on the deeper cultural implications of our time in India, the Hindu goals of human life and the tension found between those goals are expressed as the names of the larger paintings, Dharma (righteousness, moral values), Artha (prosperity, economic values), Kama (pleasure, love, psychological values), Moksha (liberation, spiritual values), and Karma (action, work or deed where the intent influences the future of the individual). The end results are abstractions of a dialogue between this meaning and the observations embedded in my subconscious.

Inner Language, 2019-

Inspired by an observation of visual or modal pattern, these abstractions embody the color, flow, and generational/relational connection. The end results are abstractions of a dialogue between extrapolated meaning and the observations embedded in my subconscious.

Paper Memory, 2018

Paper Memory is an exploration of the subconscious crease patterns of the mind, the impact from narratives. When a piece of paper is folded, the memory of that fold remains. When a person is impacted by the interaction of another, that impact remains. Both the paper and the brain hold the creases and bends. The paper works emphasize the shadow and light that occur when a crease is made. The encaustic works are expansions of these paper crease patterns and their distinct narratives.