Amanda is an educator and embodied practice artist based in Western Massachusetts. She works in the mediums photography, video, and performance. Her work is grounded in the concept of exploring and thinking about movement as a social practice. Amanda draws upon a lifetime of physical movement including dance, theater, sports, and aerial performance. Additionally, Amanda incorporates somatic-based practices into her work, utilizing her expertise as a certified yoga instructor. She collaborates with a range of artists including poets, choreographers, filmmakers, and musicians. Her current project, letting the body lead, invites people to experience the work through video, workshops and site-specific performance. In this work, Amanda uses drone experimentation and cinematography to document and envision new ways of understanding the ways we move through the world.
Over the past three years, Amanda’s work has appeared at the UMass Herter Gallery, SAB Gallery, and NYPOP Gallery. She was named 2021 fellow for the UMass Interdisciplinary Seminar in 2019. Amanda received her BA from Amherst College in Cultural Anthropology and Fine Arts in 1996 and a MFA in Studio Arts from University of Massachusetts in 2020.