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Artist Statement:

For me, making art is an act of hope.
Everyday, I try to be a conscious observer of my world, and often approach this task with a great amount of curiosity and wonder. I hope that the things I make will be at once familiar and foreign. That through a process of distillation, the ideas or materials will intrinsically take on a new meaning. A shift in aesthetic value offers a shift in perspective, a slightly askew view that relates to our everyday.I try to refine ideas or materials to their essence, to bring subtlety to the foreground. This distillation often involves an amount of labor. The large amount of time that I frequently spend with the work often leads to a shift in it’s meaning. I labor to make objects that are endowed with the energy of their own making, and I am continually intrigued by the awareness and understanding that can be gained through such activity.

Biography

Amanda was born in Barrie, Ontario, Canada and currently resides in Toronto, Ontario. She studied marine biology at Dalhousie University for a year before enrolling at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 1995. In 1997, Schoppel participated in an exchange program at the Chelsea College of Art in London, England. She received a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 1998, and an MFA degree at the University of California, Davis in 2006. She has taken part in several exhibitions held throughout Canada, England, and the United States. During the summer of 2001, Amanda represented Canada, in the sculpture competition, at the IV Jeux de la Francophonie. In 2005 she attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine, USA and participated in a residency at Taliesin West; The Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture in 2006. The National and Provincial Art Collections of Canada have collected numerous works by Schoppel.

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