About Amanda Gandy
My goal is to inspire those who see my work, to look more carefully at the world around them, to discover beauty in unusual places. Many people take great comfort in the bathroom towels being the same color as the soap, toilet, and tiles. It means there is a connection between them, and an environment of order. Home is a place not only of comfort, but of control. This sense of order, in whatever form it takes, acts as a shield against the unpredictability and lurking chaos of the outside world. My work is an examination of the different forms this shield takes and the thinking that lies behind it. I use imagery that represents attitudes of the home as the common denominators of our personal environment. Altering this imagery is a way of questioning the attitudes, fears, and unwritten rules which have formed that environment and our behavior within it. Some people speak of creating art as an escape from reality, whereas for me the purpose of creating is to attempt to connect with, and understand, the world. My creations are an allegorical experiment, weaved with the balance of figuration and abstraction. They are about who we are, what happened to us, and how our lives are affected.