Pressed flowers on handpainted art-board, sealed in encaustic wax. Decorative dyed moss, fig vine, sunflower petals, chocolate cosmos, horsetail bamboo, mini-pine cones, 33” x 27.” Los Angeles, CA 2014.
Amanda McCauley uses flowers and other natural materials to represent everyday objects and modern, pop-culture iconography. Her subject matter draws from her background as a graphic designer, her love of nature, and the world around her. The images are interpreted through petals, seeds, stems, moss and other natural materials she sources each summer around her seasonal barn-studio on Lopez Island, Washington. The works are sealed in encaustic wax for preservation and U.V. protection. McCauley’s work represents a new direction for pressed flowers/botanicals, normally a more traditional art form used to preserve flowers in their natural state.
McCauley partners with former film director Thom Higgins to help produce her work and exhibitions. Higgins, who has extensive experience directing commercials shot around the world, produces each of her exhibitions with the keen eye of a seasoned director. Each show is a unique experience, aimed to reflect the location and McCauley’s inspiration for the work. Higgins, a true craftsman, also builds handmade frames from cardboard for the artworks.
All work by Amanda McCauley