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MEET AMANDA MCCAULEY | APRIL 2024 ART EXHIBIT

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AMANDA MCCAULEY

What would you like people to know of your latest works?  
Over the last 2.5 years, I’ve been building this new body of work. Working with the ebb and flow of low tides and seasonal, blooming flowers, this collection embodies treasures from both land and sea environments. The process of harvesting seaweed and flowers to create unique works of art is a delicate and immersive practice. It begins with carefully gathering vibrant, colorful seaweed and an array of beautiful flowers from their natural habitats, paying close attention to sustainability and ethical practices. The textures, colors, and shapes of the seaweed and flowers come together to form intricate compositions, capturing the essence of the ocean and nature in each creation.

How would you describe your art to first-time viewers?
Botanical Collage.

Describe yourself or your art in one word.
Unique.

Coffee or tea?
Green juice.

Which mediums do you prefer and why?
I love experimenting with lots of different mediums. Because the majority of materials I use are natural and organic in nature, I am continually experimenting with new techniques. I look for innovative ways to implement new concepts and executions and push the materials in an interesting way.

If you were to choose another career besides being an artist, what would you choose? 
Writer, or Film Director.

What's the most random still you have?
Music Playlists, Salad Making, Cocktail Mixologist.

What's one thing people don't know about you?
I love making films and editing pictures set to music.

What's one thing that instantly makes your day better?
A good night’s sleep! Ahhhh the BEST.

What's one thing that you always have with you?
My Ear Buds and My Glasses.

What's one thing you are unbeatable at?
Rhythm.

What's something you are most proud of? 
Helping Others in Need.

When you feel stuck creatively, what do you do?
Immerse myself in my surroundings, whether that is in rural nature or my urban city environment. There is so much life and inspiration happening everywhere, just look around.

What's your favorite way to relax?
Listening to Music while art making and Practicing Meditation 2 x day.

What's the most recent book you've read? 
The Creative Act: A Way of Being by Rick Rubin. Highly Recommend!

BIOGRAPHY

Amanda McCauley’s mixed media work fuses materials from the natural world. Each piece of art is meticulously made with layers of collaged flowers, seaweeds and other natural materials. With a degree in Graphic Design, Amanda developed a novel idea, the art of pressed flowers and ocean algae to create beautiful graphics. Her works translate into a distinctive artistic style, using preserved, pressed flora and floating seaweeds as the palate for highly original organic collages. A self-described rule breaker, McCauley continually strives to work outside of any one genre. She splits her time between New York City and Lopez Island, Washington, where she runs her studio, The Barn. McCauley maintains a rigorous studio practice, and leads inspired, pressed flower workshops in gorgeous locations . Through her workshops, she empowers communities to be more hands-on with their surroundings. With a passionate drive to enact positive change in the world, Amanda volunteer’s her time and donates a significant portion of her work to the many causes she supports on both coasts. Her works are held in private collections across the country.