Amanda Love (B. 1974 Columbia, South Carolina) lives and works in Granville, Ohio (USA). Love is a interdisciplinary artist with a background in bookbinding, typography, and conservation. In two decades in Chicago she regularly exhibited sculpture and artist books, collaborated with artist/musicians on numerous creative projects, founded two creative businesses in Chicago: LoveLeaf Press, design firm, fine binding and letterpress studio, and BookClub Chicago, a community arts studio with programing inspired by literature.
Love's work is informed by the environment and current events related to book suppression. Her work ranges from small intimate works to large scale installations. Years ago, Love began using books as a medium for art. In addition to making books herself, she realized another act of creation could come from disassembling them. The process of creating in this manner was integral to the work of art itself: the loving act of taking books apart, the repetition of ripping them, the sorting and categorizing of parts. A visual language emerged in the process. Though a rip may be attractive in and of itself, it often evokes disparate things of equal interest.
Today, Love is executing a large scale, outdoor installation (SILOS) at Grange Audubon Nature Center, Columbus OH, spring 2023- winter 2024 and photographic public art, (Tree Time) in numerous sites in Licking County, OH. She is exhibiting her work nationally, is represented by Hammond Harkins Galleries in Columbus, Ohio and has three solo exhibitions upcoming at Springfield Art Museum, Granville Center for the Arts and in Chicago.
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