Amanda Sawyer, Divinum, Pen and ink, 9.5x13", 2012
Developing 20 new drawings, Amanda Sawyer received the
Spotlight award for Momentum Tulsa
and will debut her project “vocem” on October 13.
Sawyer said, “My work
consists of improvisational drawings taken from traditional Christian folklore,
animalistic or organic forms such as vines, horns, teeth and bone, and manmade
objects of restrictive clothing, elements of industry and symbols of class.” This
body of work addresses her concerns about legislation on women’s health
and working rights. Sawyer said she feels more strongly about the personal impact of policies now as a new mother of a daughter.
Sawyer said she expects viewers to meet
her work with emotion due to their intensity. She carefully considers the style
and scale of her work to maximize the way it is viewed. She employs “extensive detail... to reflect the many complicated
components of the issues at hand” and “small size to invite the viewer to
remain in a physically close proximity in order to translate a sense of
Sawyer received her BFA from Oklahoma State University in
2010 and has shown her work around the state. Watch this video to learn more about Sawyer's work. You also can see this article in
our Art Focus Oklahoma magazine for
more about all three Momentum Tulsa
Momentum Tulsa opens October 13, 8-midnight with a ticketed event full of music and
performances. Curated by Raechell Smith
from H & R Block Art Space at the Kansas City Art Institute and emerging curator
Laura Reese, the exhibition continues at Living Arts of Tulsa, 307 E Brady with
free gallery hours through October 25.