Artist Amanda Beck’s creations have a very surreal quality, described as akin to “vivid daytime fantasies” they are her magical realism interpretation of the world. Her work explores themes like birth, confusion, confliction, desire, escape and captivity in a unique style which regularly combines animal and human qualities. She will often take the head of an animal and place it upon that of a human (and vice versa) in order to explore these themes and the result is obscure and often slightly disturbing images.
It is unusual to see a tiger holding a vanity fan, or a rabbit with an umbrella or wearing a veil and the images are as engaging as they are disturbing. They reminded me a little of the Chronicles of Narnia novels by C.S Lewis and Alice In Wonderland and Through The Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll and all of her images have a distinct ethereal quality to them.
Describing her work and inspirations, Beck said; “Not knowing what is coming next and the anticipation of what lies just beyond our sight is thrilling…Yet, we find a familiarity with each narrative. We share a universal truth with every other creature both real and imagined.”
Fans of anthropomorphic and surreal art will certainly enjoy taking a fantastical journey through her portfolio!
Amanda can also be found on Facebook.