An exhibit of paintings by Amanda Greive entitled “Buried Fable” will be on display March 14 through April 1 in the James S. Murray Gallery of Lincoln Land Community College.
The public is invited to an Artist’s Reception March 17 at 5:30 p.m. Her works may also be viewed Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the gallery located on the second floor of Menard Hall.
Ms. Greive, an LLCC alumna who resides in Palmer, holds a B.A. in visual arts from the University of Illinois-Springfield and is pursuing graduate studies. Before discovering her passion for painting in an LLCC art class, she earned a master’s degree in public health and bachelor’s degree in biology.
She has exhibited her works in various Springfield-area venues, as well as in Peoria, St. Louis, Louisville, Ky. and Rome, Ga.
My paintings share a connection with my past and with people with whom I’ve crossed paths. Portraying these relationships and situations symbolically through the interplay of objects in still lives or through figural work has been a priority in my artwork. I have found that traditional representation has, thus far, best suited me in my exploration of this topic, and my imagery references both classical and contemporary symbolism and iconography. While my paintings are singular to my own experiences, it is my hope that they also have a universality to them, wherein the viewer is able to relate his or her own relationships to the portrayals, making the act of viewing the painting an experience in its own right.
Thus far, my paintings have served as a personal means of documentation--in a sense, I’m creating a pictorial representation of my “story.” I also look to comment on the contradiction between creating realistic imagery and portraying emotional rawness, as well as the uncompromised truth in the imagery versus the symbolic ambiguity. In my recent artwork, Grimm’s fairy tales has provided a foundation for addressing these concepts.
I have always loved to read. When I was younger, I would often become so involved in a book that I would project the storyline onto my life. With this most recent body of work, I’ve deliberately tried to do just that. It was my intention with this series of paintings to create a connection between the literary works and my personal experiences. Themes of love lost or gained, injustice and revenge, perseverance in the face of adversity, or of just being in the right place at the right time are all present in the fairy tales. These themes are a common thread shared between the messages of each fairy tale and my own relationships and experiences, and, really, with all of our experiences, collectively. Even to the extent that the Grimm brothers’ stories were at first decidedly dark, even scary, and later revisions became tamer and friendlier, so is it the same with the way memories are often recalled. What was at first painful and raw becomes less so with time.
Specifically, one common theme that I frequently revisit in this series is that of love lost and truth’s revelation. One painting, “The Singing Bone,” founded upon the Grimm’s fairy tale of the same name, explores, in tandem, the story’s basis--the uncovering of the truth of a man’s death through a song played on a flute fashioned from a bone—and a personal experience of a failed relationship. For instance, the strawberry pinned to the wall simultaneously symbolizes the goriness of the character’s death in the fairy tale and the emotional trauma of divorce.
Through my artwork, I’ve attempted to explore human interaction on an intensely individual level primarily through the creation of still life and figural scenes that include objects that are personally symbolic. At the same time, it is my intention, in a number of my paintings, to reconcile these personal thoughts and reactions, either directly or indirectly, with the universality of Grimm’s fairy tales.