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Amanda Elizabeth Joseph

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ARTIST STATEMENT:

"My recent work seeks to explore the intersection of class, race, and gender through the lens of “white trash,” which can be best understood as a complex set of social representations. Placed within varying and often ambiguous backdrops, the female subjects of the works I create are accompanied by carefully chosen objects and articles of clothing that subtly speak to a codification of our bodies, our identities, and our environments based on our level of access. Each image begins by establishing an environment and choosing a model to occupy it, providing her with props and a role to play and then photographing the resulting mediation between fact and fiction. These images are informed both by research and by personal experience, culminating in portraits of young women that explore the intricately woven relationship between one’s class, race, and gender in America. 

It is with great effort that I choose to construct the images in this manner versus strictly documenting the actual circumstances as a way to assert that our understanding of others based on their class standing is just that – constructed. I aim to appropriate stereotypes that arise from often unacknowledged class anxieties and the typically negative psychological perceptions of working class women, particularly within the arena of whiteness. The act of painting physically renders the photographed images in a painstakingly hyper-realistic manner that takes what could be one of a thousand incidental photographs encountered on a daily basis and elevates it to another level, that of fine art. This depicts a marginalized group of people in a “high culture” form that traditionally only represents the middle and upper classes. Painting, as a medium, has a rich and tactile physicality which emphasizes the flesh and form of my subjects, drawing from Jeffrey A Brown’s argument that “cultural concerns about race, class and beauty often intersect with mass-mediated depictions of the female body."


RESUME:

Education:
2013 M.F.A., University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN
2010 B.A., summa cum laude, University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne, IN
Selected Exhibitions:
2016 Chicago Paints, group show, curated by John Sabrow, Ohio University Art Gallery, Athens, OH
2015

Invisible College, group show, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, IN
Zg Summer MMXV, group show,  Zg Gallery, Chicago, IL
With Love from No Coast, group show, curated by Josef Zimmerman, 1975 gallery, Rochester, NY
Zg Winter group show,  Zg Gallery, Chicago, IL

2014

Zg Summer Show,  Zg Gallery, Chicago, IL
Fast Forward: Rewind: Play, "Not or, But and,"  group show, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL
Empty Kingdom, group show,  111 Minna Gallery, San Francisco, CA
The Beautiful, group show, Wm. Rolland Gallery of F.A., CA Lutheran Univ., Thousand Oaks, CA
Fort Side Story
, group show, Artlink Contemporary Art Gallery, Ft. Wayne, IN
Zg Winter, Zg Gallery, Chicago, IL
Exhibiting artist with Empty Kingdom, Select Art Fair, Miami, FL

2013 Amanda Joseph, New Paintings,  Zg Gallery, Chicago, IL (upcoming September 2013)
a Wunderkammer Company exhibition, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, IN
Hot Me$$: New Paintings by Amanda Joseph, Albrecht Gallery, Bluffton University, Bluffton, OH
Zg Spring Show, Zg Gallery, Chicago, IL
2012

Zg 10th Anniversary Show,  Zg Gallery, Chicago, IL

From What I Remember, From What I Forget, Principle Gallery, Alexandria, VA
2011

Art Prize 2011, Open Concept Gallery, Grand Rapids, MI

Three Rivers Invitational, J.P. Weatherhead Gallery, Univ. of Saint Francis, Ft. Wayne, IN
7th Annual National Self-Portrait Exhibition 2011,  Zhou B. Art Center, Chicago, IL
MDW Fair, participating artist with Zg Gallery, Chicago, IL
Zg Winter Group Show, Zg Gallery, Chicago, IL
One, Ryan Hadley Studio, Fort Wayne, IN
2010 New Faces, First Year M.F.A. exhibition, Isis Gallery, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN
Contemporary Realism Biennial, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, IN
Monstrosity, Ryan Hadley Studio, Fort Wayne, IN
Self-Construction, a Wunderkammer Co. exhibition, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, IN
Annual Student Competition, Society of Illustrators, New York, NY
Student Art Exhibition, Weatherhead Gallery, University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne, IN
2009 Renaissance in Roanoke, Vorderman Gallery, Roanoke, IN
Regional Exhibition, Midwest Museum of American Art, Elkhart, IN
Selected Works from USF Students, J.R. Krull Gallery, Allen Cnty. Public Library, Fort Wayne, IN
Student Art Exhibition, Goldfish Gallery, University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne, IN
Selected Works from USF Students, Arena Theatre, Fort Wayne, IN
2008 Student Art Exhibition, Goldfish Gallery, University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne, IN
Awards & Honors:
2010 Valedictorian, School of Creative Arts, University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne, IN
Outstanding Senior, School of Creative Arts, University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne, IN
Silver Addy, Student Category, Fort Wayne Addy Awards
2009 Maurice Papier Scholarship Award,  University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne, IN
Silver Addy, Student Category, Fort Wayne Addy Awards
People’s Choice and Third Place, Renaissance in Roanoke
2008 Fred Humphrey Memorial Drawing Award, University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne, IN
2007 Outstanding Freshman Award, School of Creative Arts, University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne, IN
2006-2010 Valedictorian Scholarship, University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne, IN
Talent Scholarship, School of Creative Arts, University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne, IN
Publications:
2014 Ventura County Reporter, "The Beautiful, " Review by Claudia Pardo July, 3, 2014
2013

New City, "My Top Art Picks for Chicago and the Midwest 2013", by Pedro Velez, p.10, 12/19/13
Art Ltd. Magazine, "Chicago Pulse"  September 2013, pg. 86, illustrated
VisualArtSource.com, "Amanda Elizabeth Joseph" by Robin Dluzen, Sept. 13, 2013
Chicago Tribune, "Pick of the Week: 'Cheap $kin$" Arts & Entertainment, Sect. 5, 9/9/13, illustrated
Fort Wayne Reader, "Triple Force: Art Stars in the Making," by Dan Swartz, July 18m 2013

2012

EmptyKingdom.com, "Interview with Amanda Elizabeth Joseph," by Slim Cognito, April 12, 2012
Juxtapoz.com, "The Works of Amanda Elizabeth Joseph," April, 2012

2011

RAISE magazine, “Yummy” issue, Featured Artist

7th Annual National Self-Portrait Exhibition Catalog, 33 Contemporary Gallery
“Grit & Gilt: The Art of Amanda Joseph,” The Fort Wayne Reader, January
Creative Quarterly, Issue 21, Fine Art: Student
2010 Bluecanvas, Issue 5, Featured Artist
Contemporary Realism Biennial Catalog, Fort Wayne Museum of Art
Annual Student Competition Catalog, Society of Illustrators
2009 School of Creative Arts Brochure, School of Creative Arts, University of Saint Francis

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