Amanda Jolley

Reflection on pattern and abstraction of the subconscious

ReThink Topeka

Tomorrow you will find me celebrating in the state capital of Kansas.

I was thrilled to have a couple encaustic paintings juried into the art walk.

Elsie’s Quilt, 12×12 encaustic collage using vintage quilt block
Elsie's Quilt

Leo, 12×12 encaustic collage featuring accretion

Kansas is in my blood. I dream of windmills, dust storms, and pet deer. My hair has never been tidy as a tribute to the fierce wind that whips across the prairie. My favorite foods are pickled beets and pickled green tomatoes. I know how to irrigate corn fields, crawl through barbed-wire fences and ride dirt bikes through the yuccas. I also know how to make a really juicy liverwurst, mayo and garden-picked tomato sandwich. I’ve watched tornadoes twirl by across the treeless fields from my back stoop. And when the beautiful meadowlark with its yellow breast pauses on a fence post, I hold my breath in wonder.

Please join me tomorrow if you are able at the Break Room, 911 South Kansas Avenue, Topeka , KS.



3 Comments on “ReThink Topeka”

  1. Amanda – these pieces are fabulous! You can just feel your love of the prairie in them and in this post! Have fun at the ‘art walk.’

  2. I love this post Amanda. I have Kansas in my blood too. Growing up in Wichita though…I don’t do the juicy liver sandwiches.

    Your encaustic pieces are magical. I would really like to go to this and see the art and meet you in person. My mom has been ill though and I am not quite comfortable with wandering too far.

    I hope you have an amazing time!

  3. Amanda a big congrats! i love your work I can see why they were picked they must be shared! I love how you write about your home such wonderful images.

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