FB: Amanda Salov
Bio: Amanda Salov was born in 1980 and raised in Cambridge, Wisconsin, a rural town known for its pottery. She attended college in Whitewater, Wisconsin, to be close to her grandpa. He was the one who taught her to see in spite of the fact that he was mostly blind.
After starting college, her grandfather died and she found her mentor in the ceramics studio. In graduate school, the ideas driving her work began to focus on the fragility and transitory nature of human existence. Her installations and sculptures adopted a language utilizing translucent porcelain, sugar, fat, and beeswax.
In 2011, after several years of teaching, she left for the West Coast. She has developed a strong independent studio practice fully engrossed and influenced by the water, mountains, and mist of the Pacific Northwest.
Most recently Amanda has developed a line of ceramic jewelry that utilizes the ideas and aesthetics of her sculptures. These serve both to lead the sculptural work and to follow on a much smaller immediate scale.
Artist Statement: Amanda Salov is an artist whose work examines the qualities of a moment, or the idea of a moment in physical form: temporal, fragile and fleeting. These moments are plastic, sometimes they seem to stretch translucent thin, changing in strength and quality. Focusing on the subtle strengths inherent in seemingly delicate compositions, the work is generally comprised of many small components that collectively contribute to a larger, quietly strong singular presence. The artist holds these moments in suspension by exploiting the unique feature of ceramics to retain its former soft, drippy, impressionable states. The goal is for these circumstances to ultimately reveal the strength in fragility to the viewer. Strength and fragility tend to be thought of as opposing qualities. Her work investigates the idea that there may be a false dichotomy in that way of thinking.