Amanda Wirig (b. 1979) is a painter and mixed media artist residing in Mankato, Minnesota. She double-majored in art and music at Minnesota State University, Mankato, graduating in 2003, and has also studied surface design through courses at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and the Split Rock Arts Program at the University of Minnesota. In 2015 she completed her Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership from Minnesota State University, Mankato. When she is not making art, she works as a guitarist/singer and music teacher. Her work is available through the Gallery Shop at the Arts Center of Saint Peter, Vagabond Village in Mankato, MN, her Etsy shop, and by contacting the artist directly.
The inspiration for Wirig’s work comes from a variety of sources, art-based and otherwise. In terms of fine art, her work is most influenced by the Pop Art of Warhol and Lichtenstein, the hard edge painting style of Frank Stella, and the text-based collage work of Barbara Kruger. Her canvases meld acrylic paint, rub-on lettering, and collage elements with retro imagery and a slightly snarky sense of humor. Because vintage advertising, pop culture, and humor also play a large part in the art she creates, it is just as accurate to say that her work is influenced by the writings of Nick Hornby, The Kids in the Hall, rock ‘n’ roll, mid-century modern design, and MAD Magazine as it is by the aforementioned artists.