Amanda Meek’s art is displayed in Canada, Mexico, Australia, Scotland, England and many cities and states in the U.S. From acrylic painting to photography, from collaging to repurposing items that would otherwise be considered garbage, over the course of her artistic life, she has employed myriad media to express her seemingly bottomless well of creativity.
Her chronic pain has been depicted in acrylic paintings. Her love of animals and nature shows up in her photography and unique creations. Abstract painting and collaging allow Meek to express what she’s feeling without the boundaries that other forms of expression impose. She uses trinkets and found objects to create two- and three-dimensional mixed media pieces that express how she feels while drawing attention to the value of that which most of us think of as garbage.
Most recently, Amanda has been investigating the “other” in our society; her camera provides her entry to the community of homeless people that is virtually invisible to most of society. She has gained access to the lives of homeless people who have allowed her to document glimpses of their whole selves and their relationships with each other. Many of these images have been used as part of her activism about and advocacy for the least fortunate among us.
She has found that black and white photography allows for more depth of emotion, taking the focus directly to the subject she sees. Meek’s use of monochromatic images helps to eliminate the background “noise” that would otherwise serve only to distract from the humanity of the people she wants us to see.
More generally, she has used art to examine and express her “self” with therapeutic results. She is able to make concrete and clear the abstractions that are her emotions. Regardless of the medium, she finds that her art enables her to form connections with other people based on shared experience and common emotions. She is most fulfilled as an artist when someone looks at her artwork and says, “I understand what you felt when you made this.”
In terms of training, Amanda says that she has not engaged in formal study – she “just plays with stuff until she learns.”