Amanda Timmins Artist’s Statement 2015
My work is grounded in the Buddhist philosophy of mindfulness. I want to know the enigma of mind. I explore with sculpture, which since childhood has been my natural mode.
Many pieces begin with a drawing. It is such a thrill to begin with a simple sketch and take it into three dimensions. Sometimes I look at other artist’s work especially the Surrealists, or magical artifacts from other cultures, or I seek inspiration from some small bit of the natural world; other times I spontaneously come up with an abstract form. The sculptures taken from models inspire me directly, subsequent drawings may or may not be used.
I use basic materials: plaster cloth, recycled paper, clay, pigments and other sculptural mediums with simple armatures; or I use free spirited friends as models for the large human forms. The materials and forms guide me in choosing texture and color as the sculpture evolves.
As I share my artwork, people have the most wonderful responses, which adds to my knowledge of the deeper levels of consciousness my work touches, which makes me feel, even if only for a moment, that it all makes sense.