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Amanda Lilleston Exhibits at Spudnik Press in Chicago

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Work by Amanda Lille­ston (MFA 12) is fea­tured along­side Cana­dian artist Lisa Matthias in Water­Bod­ies, an exhi­bi­tion of immer­sive relief prints at Spud­nik Press in Chicago. 

Amanda Lille­ston explores inter­con­nected sys­tems of biol­ogy and phys­i­ol­ogy. In her work, human beings are inte­grated into the larger ecosys­tem. Translu­cent prints depict­ing tis­sues, organs, and anatom­i­cal struc­tures are lay­ered with botan­i­cal and zoo­log­i­cal forms. The mem­bra­nous qual­ity of the paper allows ten­dons, arter­ies, and tis­sues to con­nect and cre­ate new path­ways unhin­dered by phys­i­o­log­i­cal lim­i­ta­tions. Blood, bones, and the botan­i­cal are sus­pended in water and sus­cep­ti­ble to its den­sity, nour­ish­ment, and per­pet­ual move­ment. Organic forms shift and adapt together. They shape and are shaped by their environment. 

Lisa Matthias’ art­work builds on this world­view where nature is not a sep­a­rate entity but is a web. Her prints fea­tured in Water­Bod­ies stem from a col­lab­o­ra­tion with a col­league and sci­en­tist study­ing algae, aquatic ecol­ogy, and a micro­scopic group of algae called diatoms. Diatoms are intri­cately pat­terned sin­gle-celled organ­isms respon­si­ble for pro­duc­ing a large pro­por­tion of Earth’s oxy­gen. Her large scale prints embrace ambi­gu­ity. They are abstract and ref­er­en­tial, expres­sive and struc­tured, graphic and sculp­tural. They are simul­ta­ne­ously archi­tec­tural and bio­log­i­cal and could ref­er­ence man-made con­struc­tions, micro­scopic worlds, or they could be otherworldly. 

By bring­ing together prints by these two artists, Water­Bod­ies invites view­ers to con­sider the rela­tion­ships within and between humans and the nat­ural world. With a focus on bio­log­i­cal forms, these larger-than-life prints embrace a sense of won­der and appre­ci­a­tion for anatomy and ecol­ogy. They urge us to seek out unity and har­mony with the bio­log­i­cal envi­ron­ment that we are unmis­tak­ably a part of. 

Water­Bod­ies
7/16/20218/31/2021
Spud­nik Press Coop­er­a­tive
1821 W Hub­bard St, Suite 302. Chicago, IL 60622

Vis­i­tors can make an appoint­ment by email­ing info@​spudnikpress.​org. Please include the date and time you would like to visit, and num­ber of peo­ple in your party. We are typ­i­cally able to accom­mo­date vis­its between 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Mon­day – Sat­ur­day and occa­sional weeknights.