Amanda Scott has been a dedicated artist for more than a decade. A self-directed student taking classes, learning from other artists, and sitting in on hundreds of university lectures while working as an art model, the diversity of her experience supports the diversity of her art in style and medium.
“My work is about confronting the limitations placed on women through an enforced identity. These limits are created through a history that excludes the story of women. Not only has the story of women’s past been eradicated; women of learning and power have been villanized and in some cases killed. I speak for the one million women persecuted as witches. I speak for the mathematician Hypatia who’s skin was scraped from her body with oyster shells. There is an assumption that men have always ruled and therefore deserve their placement above women. This narrative is false. Many matriarchal civilizations — pagan, tribal peoples — throughout time have fallen to a male-dominated imperialism. This history is so forgotten, remembered only by a few historians, and definitely left out of public discourse.
“As an artist I create symbols and images of feminine power to bring equality back to society, to remind us what is true: Dominance and exploitation through force, enforced by pain of death and poverty, is wrong. Defending such a system is morally bankrupt, and it is this error in our society that will topple our governments. No great revolt is necessary. We will just walk away. We will just remember our true history, and value our contributions to the success of this civilization, and reject the narrative that we deserve subservience based on the fact that we never had power. The narrative of human history can not be controlled by the powerful.
“I paint powerful, even mythical women, who are proud, and often unsmiling. They aren’t here to comfort men. They are dryads angered by the abuses of nature. They are us, remembering our connection to the earth. If you no longer base your thinking on the lies of tyrants you can place your feet on solid ground. From there we can find community. We can rebuild a society that nurtures people.”