About Me

Artist Statement

"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."

Bio

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, teaching artist, and the owner of 119 North Weatherly art gallery in Minneapolis. From 2018-2019 she served as a fine arts juror as part of the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars.

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, the Edward A. Dixon Gallery in Dayton, OH, and the David Leonardis Gallery and 33 Contemporary Gallery in Chicago, IL., as well as at Blue Line Arts in Roseville, CA, Las Laguna Art Gallery in Laguna Beach, CA, and the Jen Tough Gallery in Santa Fe, NM. She recently acquired representation with TRiCERA contemporary art gallery in Tokyo, Japan.

She is the recipient of grants and fellowships from the Jerome Foundation, Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council/McKnight Foundation, the Minnesota State Arts Board, INFUSE Artists on Main Street, and the Split Rock Arts Program.

In her spare time, Amanda also plays guitar and sings in her band, Given Names. Check out the Bandcamp Bio for more info and the Events Page for upcoming show dates and times.

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