Amanda Seibaek Torp-Pederson (she/her)
I am Amanda Seibæk and I am a painter and printmaker. My practice centres on themes inspired by scientific explanations of natural phenomena. This I use as a tool to describe turmoil in contemporary life though a more poetic lens. The theme can be used as a force to ask questions, to stretch facts into fiction, and to visualize inner emotions. I am inspired by Maggie Nelsons auto-theoretical works, connecting multiple fields of knowledge, never deeming any irrelevant for her explorations. Materially, I connect the mediums of painting and print. I see colours in layers and actually utilise colour to shape my figures. When connecting print and paint I try to develop a language where print is ‘not locked’, but rather freed by the brush as a playful tool to make sense of something intuitive. My images exist in 3 mediums; digital, paint and print, and the mediums inspire each other. The screen itself, has a reflectiveness that inspires the choice of canvas and the layers in print. The imprint of the prints on the canvas orchestrates the compositions on the final painting which I complete or obstruct with my brush. Through this material investigation, I analyse the close relationship between emotion and motion to create images which provoke a response in my spectators.
“A cloud spotter is not a cataloger – meteorologists are busy indexing the different genera, species and varieties of clouds on your behalf. They call it work. Yours is far more gentle and a reflective pursuit – one that will lead to a deeper understanding of the physical, emotional and spiritual world.” (pg. 25 of The Cloud Spotter’s Guide by Gavin Pretor-Pinney). This quote is describes in a few sentences what I have tried to aim for in my project “Cloud Seeding”.
My work with weather has been to read descriptions of weather, and relate them to something more emotional, more intuitive and perhaps in some cases more childish. I have hoped to channel feelings of depression, arguments, love, hope and dreams through descriptions of clouds, humidity and wind.