A Passion Discovered
Story by Jon Bennett
Photography provided by Amanda Kreidlkamp
Meet The Artist!
23-year-old Amanda Kreidlkamp is a North Fargo native following her passion for art. Art, however, was not always the path she wanted to follow. While attending nursing school at NDSU, she decided to take an art class to relieve stress and found herself spending more time than expected in the art studio. After some thought, she decided to switch her major to art education her freshman year.
What Inspires Amanda?
Kreidlkamp is a huge fan of painting, mostly with acrylics and oil paint, often using mixed media to complete her pieces. A fun piece she likes to incorporate in her latest art is pops of fur, noting only faux fur is used and she is a huge animal lover. She said one artist that inspires her work is MC Escer, who was known for modern art. Escer was a Dutch artist, well known for his graphic designs with bazaar optical illusions.
Her Fabricated Retrospection artwork series ( eyes, nose, mouth, rainbow, purple eye pattern) depicts a series of memories. Each piece has a relationship to the next experience.
"I've found that history has a tendency to repeat and relate even if the patterns aren't clearly defined. This body of work uses physical patterns to correlate a cumulative story that relies on its past to illustrate its present identity. Creating Fabricated Retrospection has allowed for me to reflect on previous circumstances through which I perceive my individuality."
Art On Display
Kreidlkamp has had the privilege to showcase her work in several settings around town, most prominent in West Acres. You may have seen some her past work in an area of the mall called Make Room, which is a rotating art gallery that changes the showcased artist throughout the year. If you’ve recently visited West Acres, you may have seen, and can still see, her large mural near Stride Right and the Chilis entrance with bright pops of color that catch your eye.
She has worked on a few projects with Stride Rite as well. She created the outerspace mural for Stride Rite when they expanded last summer, and once that came down after construction, she installed a permanent mural after they opened. Kreidlkamp wanted to incorporate 3D elements to allow for children to interact with her mural. She took a trip to Seattle and fell in love with the Fremont troll and then came home the next week and made the troll-inspired mural with acrylic paint (3D googly eyes/ faux fur hair).
My Personal Favorites!
Everyone knows how much I am in love with my Yorkie Berkley, and I am in love with Kreidlkamp's dog paintings, too! She recently has been working on commissioned dog portraits. You can find her work on her art Instagram: @amandaellyart.
The Artist At Home
Kreidlkamp lives in Fargo with her boyfriend, Connor, and their two bunnies, Bugs and Lola. She made one of her guest bedrooms into her art studio, giving her a sanctuary at home were she can relax, decompress and let her inner artist work her magic. When asked what she sees in the future, she has a few ideas including teaching students of all ages art and skills, continuing painting for herself and others, and showcasing her work for others to enjoy and brighten their day.
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