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.
Today, the artist is involved as an environmentalist leading a community tree planting initiative. She recently completed a year long artist residency at The Dawes Arboretum. In response to her time at Dawes, Love is exceuting a large scale, outdoor installation and numerous exhibition/community engagement sites in Licking County and at Grange Audubon Nature Center, Columbus OH, fall 2022-spring 2023. In 2022, Love was gifted a large art deco bank space, she created a community arts space for local and national artist, musicans and poets. She curated and collaborated with others to offer exhibitions, concerts and readings to the community for free. Love is exhibiting her work nationally, is represented by Hammond Harkins Galleries in Columbus, Ohio and has a solo exhibition upcoming at Springfield Art Museum.
Love's work is informed by the environment and current events related to book suppression. Her work ranges from small intimate works to room-size 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.