Amanda Lechner

Region: South


City / State: Blacksburg, VA

I am interested in depicting the moment when the corporeal and the spiritual/mental negotiate concession. Fusing memory, experience and imagination with visual story-lines stemming from pseudo-science, art history, science fiction, folklore, language and literature I compose plots and visual narrative paradoxes progressing from an initial idea or mark. Drawing seems an appropriate method to enact this sequence as it is a malleable way to convey information. It allows me to be historically inaccurate, to meld themes of the documented with the absurd and scatagorical. I experiment with how text and titles may change an image, how they can feed each other while not describing a fixed meaning. Through amassment and installation my work invites the comparison and combination of different premises to create compound links based on groupings and the associations that they may incite. The context of each drawing's plot-line may change based on the other work, words or objects it is grouped with, creating divergent narratives and hypotheses. These combinations look to contribute to and challenge the already rich and long-lived traditions of pictorial story telling. I am involved in creating a complex visual experience rooted in inventing and posing questions rather than eliciting answers.