Meet the Artist: Amanda Krantz
How did you first get involved in art - were you one of those little kids who always loved being creative, or is it something that came later?
I was one of those kids. I enjoyed drawing and painting, but mostly I was a maker… toilet rolls, crape paper, glitter. And my father, being an electronics wiz, would help me join circuits to make LED lights of all colours. It was good fun.
Where do you make your art, and how long is the process for you? Is it a slow burn and you find yourself working on pieces over a long period of time, or when inspiration strikes, it's all done and dusted relatively quickly?
I have a live-in studio in North Melbourne where I do most my work, though I like to take residencies elsewhere to give a fresh approach.The length of my process varies a little. Some of them can pour out perfectly and be finished within a couple of days, but most stuff is multi-multi-layered and needs time between for each layer to dry. They can also go through a number of incarnations before I feel they “work”, and that could take months. Because of all this, I tend to work on a half-dozen pieces at a time.
How does living and working in Melbourne influence your work?
There are some practical advantages to working in Melbourne: courier delivery times, access to materials etc. And being surrounded by other makers is worth it’s weight in gold. It’s that sense of belonging, and at the same time, drives me to create better work. There are so many different levels of making here that are all supported.
Who or what do you turn to for inspiration on days when creativity just isn’t flowing?
I’m of the school of thought that when creativity is not visiting, you have to show up for work anyway (reference: Elizabeth Gilbert). Mostly, inspiration comes from the work itself.
What is your favourite artwork of someone else’s, and why?
I think most recently, I would have to say David Hockney’s iPad drawings. I was reluctant to visit the show at NGV because I was annoyed at how few women get shown there, and I was also a little turned off by the idea of iPad and iPhone art. But on attending, I was blown away. He has really made the technology work for him. How can an iPad painting have so much soul?
Is there an artwork in this exhibition that you’re most proud of, or one that has a particularly interesting or funny backstory?
I’m most proud of the Coprolite series. I knew I wanted to create works that were an inverse of the caves I had been painting. So a rock conglomerate of sorts. They needed to be abstract, ancient and geode like. Then I was listening to an audiobook in the studio and it mentioned coprolite (fossilised turd), and thought how perfect… something yuck in it’s youth, is beautiful in it’s old age. It was serendipitous and the name inspired the work.
What's the best piece of advice you've ever been given?
“Swim in your own lane.”
What's the worst piece of advice you've ever been given?
“Spend more time on marketing.” - I now believe in spending your energy on making good work, and good work will market itself.
The Other Art Fair opens this weekend, 4 – 7 May at The Facility in Kensington. Get more info here.
--- Words: Julia HowlandImages: Courtesy of the gallery/artist.