Amanda Romanelli is mixed-media artist from North Adams, Massachusetts. She was born and raised in Bellingham, Massachusetts but finds the quaintness of the Berkshires aids her creative practice. Romanelli uncovers creativity in all facets of her life: from her work as a pastry chef to successfully reviving a fashion club on her college campus. Her viewers experience and interactions with her work are what she holds most valuable. Romanelli served as an assistant for letterpress artist Melanie Mowinski and went on to create a local letterpress stationery business of her own. She has also worked with the internationally known publishing company The Artist Book Foundation, creating bookplates for extremely limited-edition artist books. Her work has been shown at the Makers’ Mill Gallery, Gallery 51, SUNY Geneseo, the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) and the MCLA’s 1Berkshire location. Amanda majors in Arts Management and minors in Visual Art at MCLA and expects to graduate in spring of 2019 with a BA. Following graduation Romanelli hopes to reside in the Berkshires and place emphasis on expanding her conceptual collection titled: Peeled.
I am Amanda Romanelli, a creator of mixed-media art. My visual art encompasses the ironic simplicity of what it means to be a human being by commenting on norms and behaviors that overtime, we have grown to accept. I work in a variety of mediums from painting to charcoal drawing to found object sculpture. Despite using an array of different mediums, the visual aesthetics and metaphors within my work tie my vision together. The metaphors in my work are something I hold most valuable. They provide me with a level of privacy and allow me to freely comment on controversial subject matter I choose to explore. I am inspired and intrigued by human norms and human nature, color composition (and the lack of it), light, texture, solitude, and the all encompassing “universe” we live in. My work challenges what we have accepted as facts here on earth and often presents new, unsettling ones. The most shocking element of the facts I present is their ability to reside in our unconscious thoughts and memory. As complex as my subject matter may seem, the irony of “minimalism” in my work leaves the viewer with an insight into the potential meaninglessness of our existence.