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AMANDA BECHTEL

AMANDA BECHTEL

Artist Work

The Hitchhiker
2009
Mixed media
10 x 14 inches

Artist Information

County
Prince George's County
Artistic Category

Visual Arts

Artist Statement

I am interested in the relationship of visual elements and text. The printed work has an inherent level of symbolic authority. In working with books, and specifically text, I am able to start with an object already rich with symbolic meaning. The dictionaries, maps and religious texts I typically use in my work seem particularly infused with a level of authority. My work in collage involves a deconstruction and the shift from coherence to ambiguity as an important aspect of this process - as words and images once clear are obscured, fragmented and ultimately transformed. My roots in photography continue to influence my artistic process as I remain intrigued by the frame and the relationship it invites between image and viewer. The viewer may be left with an elusive sense that what is missing may be as important as what is visible.