Amanda Adam is a Scottish visual artist and maker. Predominantly involved in painting, she also works in printmaking, sculpture, sound, film and installation.
Graduating from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in 2015 she received a Royal Scottish Academy ‘New Contemporaries award’ going on to win a scholarship from Wm Sangster Phillips, which allowed her to complete an MFA in Art and Humanities in 2016.
Inspired by cultural landscape and landforms her work exists as a tension between fiction and reality. It is a myriad of abstract colour held stable by the tension of line. As a healing practitioner, working with Reiki and Shamanic practices, her work is based on her memories and the feelings, which excite her soul when she is immersed in a place, be it the Scottish highlands and Islands barren moors and mountains, or the rolling hills of the Fife countryside where she is based.
Amanda works mainly outdoors. The act of painting becomes a performance as the repetitive process of pouring and rubbing back while wrestling canvases in all weathers leaves an entanglement of these lines, marks and gestures, allowing a certain narrative to emerge. Equally her work can start off as quick sketches in pencil, oil pastel or water colour and inks then developed into paintings in the studio. Paintings begin to morph into sculptural colourful rock formations placed on remote mountainsides.