Photo by Daniel Dinsmore Photography.
Amanda Wirig’s paintings and mixed media work utilize pop culture and humor to address social and political issues in a meaningful and forthright manner. In addition to her art, she is a musician, educator, and the Executive Director of the Emy Frentz Arts Guild in Mankato, Minnesota.
Wirig received a BFA in Art and a BA in Music from Minnesota State University, Mankato, and later received a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership from the same university. She has exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout the Midwest, including the Minneapolis College of Art & Design, and the David Leonardis Gallery and 33 Contemporary Gallery in Chicago, IL., as well as at Blue Line Arts in Roseville, CA.
She is the recipient of grants and fellowships from the Jerome Foundation, Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council, the McKnight Foundation, and the Split Rock Arts Program.
I create acrylic paintings, mixed media pieces, and screen prints that incorporate pops of vivid color that leap off the surface and a dark nostalgia for decades past that were not as glorious in hindsight. Whether addressing social issues or channeling the other half of myself that survives on guitars and record shops, a strong undercurrent of feminism weaves through my work.
My love of text and dark sense of humor allow me to present difficult subjects in a palatable manner, sparking conversation and bringing a sense of lightness to the exhibition space. I am particularly drawn to the plastic quality and bright hues of acrylic paint, and I find there is nothing more cathartic than the creation of a smooth, flat surface that lacks the visible brush strokes normally seen in other types of painting.