Amanda Salov was raised in rural Wisconsin. She received her BFA from the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater (2003) and her MFA from the University of Missouri – Columbia (2007). Amanda has shown her work throughout the United States and has earned a number of awards, including being named an NCECA Emerging Artist in 2010 and a recipient of an Oregon Arts Council (OAC) grant in 2013, another OAC and Ford Family Foundation Grant in 2016, and again in 2017. Amanda has spent time working at Anderson Ranch Art Center in Snowmass Village, Colorado (2007); University of Arkansas (2007 – 2011); Oregon College of Art and Craft in Portland, Oregon (2011); The Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramics Arts in Helena, Montana (2012); Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts in New Castle, Maine (2014); the University of Washington (2015); Oregon State University in the Microbiology department (2016-17); and Tainan National University of the Arts in Taiwan (2017). She is currently a long-term resident at Pottery Northwest.
My work examines the qualities of a moment, or the idea of a moment in physical form: temporal, fragile and fleeting. These moments are plastic, sometimes they seem to stretch translucent thin, changing in strength and quality. Filters must be applied to sort through all of the information that one encounters and attention drifts to what remains. Currently, my work is focused on the central theme of “remains and skeletons revealing the fragility within.” Filters come in many forms and in the case of the most recent series “Peaks and Valleys," the filters appear in a slow process, as each porcelain module is fashioned cell by cell, then mortared together. "Peaks and Valleys" is a physical manifestation of many things: watching the monitors of a loved one in an ICU room, an enchainment of the successes and failures of research, living in an isolated valley, the work of hanging lace, and a panoramic view of many mountains and valleys.