Amanda Kates

Amanda Kates '02

(American, born 1980)

They're Just Like Us: Larry Ellison Eats a Hot Dog, 2013

Ink, collage, and acrylic paint on paper

Courtesy of the artist

Artist's Statement:

The omnipresence of constant communication generates a visceral

anxiety that I experience through clenched teeth and icy extremities.

My recent work invokes this anxiety by inducing a kind of kinetosis

through unrelenting visual activity. I make hand-made snapshots

of digital snapshots using imagery culled from social media websites.

Like the photographs from which they derive, the paintings frequently

border on abstraction, but lack the rigorously organized pixilation of

the source images. Agitated patterns and textures generate a bristling,

buzzing surface through which people, objects, and spaces alternately

emerge and retreat. The colors are acidic and engage in active, deliberate

discord, inducing a state of comprehensive disquiet triggered by

a profusion of information.


Last Updated: 9/29/22