Davidson Galleries welcomes back Seattle artist Amanda Knowles for her 4th solo exhibition with the gallery. In this body of work Knowles continues her exploration of the aesthetics and functions of the scientific world.
There is great beauty in the way that science strives to order the world. I have always held a strange insider’s view to science: familiarity of the parts without comprehension of the material. This comes from being raised in my mother’s laboratory, cutting out images of chromosomes and organizing pipettes. While I am at home with the sights, smells, and materials as well as the whir of discussion intrinsic to the workings of science, it is foreign. My exploration around this material has been an aesthetic one. I continually dip into this feeling of nescience, by haunting physics libraries and insinuating myself into science departments.
My current work is informed by science’s ability to take the world apart and put it back together in a manageable way. By breaking the world down into individual, studied and then knowable parts, it can then be built back up, simplified and clarified. With this work I have attempted to do the same. My artwork is structured around scientific diagrams as a unit of context, but is abstracted as I shape my work from these images culled from scientific texts and, most recently, from my own investigations using the Scanning Electron Microscope. For me the grid is a building block, a structure integrated into the work; knots are a seizure of the messiness of life, reconsidered, clarified and simplified, but still tangled.
These investigations go hand in hand with my working process. The pieces speak to an extension of the constant mental reinvestigation that we all do - the mulling over of conversations, the reviewing of information and interactions. Much like this mental loop-tape the pieces are worked and reworked, overworked and resuscitated, simplified and finished. The outcome, seen in color, mark and form trace an attempt to visually comprehend the world.