Amanda Boerger is Californian by birth and South Dakotan by upbringing. She possesses a bachelor's degree in French Studies and Studio Arts from South Dakota State University as well as two respective certificates in Modern & Contemporary Art History and Printmaking. Having graduated in 2015, Boerger spent eight months in 2016 working as an assistant language instructor in the French Riviera.
"The goal of my art practice is to communicate meaning through objects. Topics upon which I ruminate and wish to convey include: consumerism, identity, societal norms, logo therapy, and linguistics. The media and methodologies by which I impart these topics are aptly diverse, however, I’ve made consistent strides in collage, assemblage, and portrait work.
My collage on paper work is admittedly somewhat anarchistic. In loosely exploring post-structuralist criticisms of society, I’ve grown wary of the fact that I live in an environment of curated symbols. Through collage, I supplant the agendas of printed media, mainly advertisements, which I dismantle and re-appropriate to serve as an element of form in my design.
In criticism of my own relationship with consumption, I’ve begun a young assemblage series composed of personal discarded items, entitled “Glorified Garbage”. Through this series, I re-instill meaning into objects made meaningless by my consumption (i.e. a milk jug, a yogurt container made void) in reconciliation for the guilt I feel for this act. This was galvanized by observations made during an 8-month sojourn in the French Riviera, whereupon I often visited the Museum of Modern & Contemporary Art in Nice, most importantly their permanent Nouveau Realistes collection. These visits coincided with the first period in my life in which I lived alone and consequently, lived with the unavoidable culpability for the contents of my garbage can.
While my collages and assemblages come from perhaps, a more cerebral and/or analytical place, my portraits are products of meditation. After much observation, I aim to replicate the nuanced lines that build the form and the shades that compile the complexion of my subject’s corporal vessel, their soul’s earthly envelope" -AB