Amanda Outcalt
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Where do you live ? City, State and Country
Norfolk, VA
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My studio, the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Titustown Visual Arts Center
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My artwork examines and embraces the changing roles of women. Both my paintings and metalwork reveal the conflict I feel about fulfilling traditional feminine roles while seeking my own independence. Sometimes I see my paintings as a celebration of finding magic within the mundane, of being happy with the ordinary. At other times, my work reads to me as a commentary on the roles a female has occupied in recent western history. The reappearing goldfish in my paintings symbolize this duality. A goldfish traditionally represents abundance, happiness, and good fortune; however, it can also be a symbol of entrapment. In domestication it can only grow to the size of its bowl.
In my metalwork and my jewelry, the messages tend to be more hidden than in my paintings. Jewelry is extremely intimate. The intricacies of the backs of brooches, necklaces, and rings are known only to the wearer- a kind of personal secret. My jewelry references my changing ideas about womanhood as I go through my life and encounter milestones that millions of other women also relate to - family, body image, health issues, love, building a career and a life for oneself, and uncertainty about the future. Juggling these responsibilities while also trying to bring beauty into my life and environment inspire me to create my work.
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At 8:04am on January 12, 2015, Brigitte Martin said…

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At 11:28am on January 26, 2011, Leslie A. Schug said…
I really enjoy your colorful, narrative work! How long have you worked with enamels?
At 4:07pm on October 30, 2010, Cappy Counard said…
Oh, hello. It is so good to hear from you! Are you still making your beautiful work? What are you doing these days? I am about to have a baby any minute...literally! So life is upended but sweet. I am happy to be back in contact. Hoping to be in Seattle this spring if all goes well. Sending a big hug.
At 9:17am on January 27, 2010, anne havel said…
hi amanda, such fantastic professors to teach you. i am envious. i thought i recognized some of linda's "marks" on the setting type. i love it. hope to keep seeing more work. anne
At 10:31am on January 25, 2010, Jennifer Wells said…
April 16th is the Thesis show and afterwards there will be a party at the Tipsy, so bring your dancing shoes!! Yah! Can't wait to see you then!
At 8:23am on January 25, 2010, Brigitte Martin said…
Thank you very much for your membership payment and support of crafthaus. Your membership is valid through Feb 15, 2011. Enjoy crafthaus !
At 10:29pm on January 24, 2010, Harriete E Berman said…
yes, I will be at SNAG. Come to the "A Smaller Conference Experience" on Wednesday 5:00pm.\
At 10:06pm on January 24, 2010, Kelly (Robinson) Miller said…
I really admire your work, both the metal and paintings. Your paintings are exquisite.
At 1:23pm on January 24, 2010, Jennifer Wells said…
Hey Amanda, Congrat on being a featured artist!
At 10:19am on January 21, 2010, Marlene True said…
Hi Amanda, It's never too soon to start planning! Yes, I would love to be a part of the show. Thanks!

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