Image and Word
by Amanda Pfister and April Pameticky
February First Friday Event
Hosted at Newman University Steckline Gallery
Friday, February 7, 2020 at 5 PM – 7 PM
The project began when Amanda was looking for a way to continue her artistic practice after having her third child, she took a photo a day and posted on Instagram. This allowed her an opportunity to explore Instagram as part of a studio practice, and what it means to be a practicing artist while in the midst of motherhood and her day-to-day life.
The collaboration was loosely formed when April began to write Ginsberg sentences in response to some of Amanda’s posts. The idea of a daily writing practice, of carving out creative space in opposition to other demands and roles was extremely attractive. Since April’s work was often a dialog with other work, this seemed like a perfect opportunity to create her own work in ‘conversation’ with Amanda’s photography.
What unexpectedly emerged for the 17-syllable format was a central voice that’s both fictitious but also a little of Amanda & April together. The poems can be read as ‘stand-alones’ or sequentially. The relationship between the two, image and word, encourages a greater dialog about motherhood and art, and the extraordinary in the everyday ordinary.