Brutally Beautiful Photography
Somewhere in the dust and decay of life's forgotten travelers, artist Amanda Bullick sees a beauty that inspires creation.
Pondering the cycles of life, death and rebirth her works conjure a feeling of earthy connectedness as well as a sacred sense of magic; like altars honoring the dearly departed and the stories of their wild lives thatthey took with them. The natural world, although it is all around us, never ceases to dazzle with its quiet secrets and mysteries.
Through photography, sculpture & jewelry, Amanda wanders into those dim lit places, lighting the way for our hearts to follow in search of something grand and familiar.
How did you end up making what you make?
My work seems to be in a constant form of evolution. By that i mean, it's always changing and the more i follow the flow of change, the more i realize i really don't want to be stuck in one form of art making. My first love affair started with photography, when my dad bought me a camera for my 15th birthday. Ever since then, I have been hooked on capturing images. As time went by (10 or so years) I started to fall out of love with photography, so i began to collect bones. Not sure why, just listened and followed that path. Now, i make bone sculptures and jewelry as well as photography (which i fell back in love with again) The bone collecting led me to find my connection with the earth again, it gives me a reason to leave the city, to take in nature and to listen and watch in a way i haven't before.
What have you learned in an unexpected place or from an unexpected person that informs your making?
What informs my making the most? The natural world.
Through bone collecting i have been brought back to a place that feels like home, a place that helps guide and inspires my process, the forest.
What inspires or drives you to make what you make?
i'm not sure there is anything specific that drives me to make what i make.
it's more like something i have to do, i am a maker and i must create.
Who are some of your favourite other makers? Local? Worldwide?
Tim Walker, Mister Finch, Floria Sigismundi, megan majewski, nina pak, Caitlin ffrench, Omnika,
What is your favourite season and why?
I can't say that i have a favourite season, each one allows for a different Amanda to come out and play!
Who is your celebrity crush?
How do you connect to your landbase?
I feel ever so connected to my landbase as of late. This is because a lot of my work is collected from around where i live.
I have a very strong rule about how i collect and how i give back. All my bones, dead bugs, or dried plants must be found that
way. Nothing can be harmed to be art. Everytime i go out to collect, i am sure to have offerings to bring to the forest in return.
If i find a dearly departed friend or if someone brings me one, i smudge and bless each and every creature before i give them a
proper burial in my garden.
Do you have any sort of mantra or quote that strikes you?
"she's mad but she's magic. There's no lie in her fire."
"we are the magic, the medicine, the mystery"
Do you remember the first thing you made that you felt was great/ the first time you found passion in being a maker?
My dad is a maker, so i have been making and creating since i was a wee one.
One very early memory i have is making plaster fingers from my own hand, i still have those tiny fingers.
It seems that since i can remember, i have always found passion in making. Especially as a child, when you had
no limits or pressure, just pure creation bliss!!