I work in a variety of mediums, including, painting, mixed media drawings, and assemblage sculpture. My inspiration stems from unique still life set-ups where I incorporate personally collected objects. Things such as oyster shells, flowers, and wine bottles are transformed in size and color to stand out, allowing the viewer to discover their own connection to them.
The compositions I paint are comprised of things I’ve collected and that I believe people will relate to; flowers, oysters and family heirlooms just to name a few. Items that we’ve all experienced, received, or consumed but are often readily forgotten. I am working to give them an importance again.
I wish to explore the connections we have to the objects we keep versus what we throw away. I have found that some of my most beautiful collected items are often deemed disposable .
These Disposable materials are what drives me to create my sculptures. My recent work consists of thousands of oyster shells collected from NYC restaurants. I incorporate these with the collected items from family members, forming assemblage sculptures that hang from the ceiling or on a wall.
Amanda Ioco was born and raised in Long Island, New York. Growing up she spent most of her time dancing, introducing her to Manhattan via the performing arts. She relocated to the city to attend the Fashion Institute of Technology where she studied both Business and Fine Arts. She received her BFA in 2016 and continues to make art out of her studio in Astoria, Queens.