Artist, animator and motion designer Amanda Schrembeck thrives on color, creativity, and capturing the world around her in an unconventional way. After graduating from the University of Georgia in 2013, Amanda channeled her experience in printmaking into the digital world by combining modern graphic design with more traditional methods. The result? A powerful yet dreamy aesthetic brought to life by captivating textures, effortless movement, and vivid color.
We sat down with Amanda to talk about her artwork and how revisiting life experiences (like travel) can help us all get through these unprecedented times.
Q: Tell us a little about you and what you do.
Amanda: I’m an art director and animator. Nowadays, most of my work is digital, but I do have a degree in printmaking so that texture and tactile appearance usually comes through in my designs. I also fell into animation a few years ago as a way to keep pushing myself and elevate my designs, and now it’s become my main creative output.
Q: Tell us about your process and inspiration behind your artwork. What is your daydream and how can people feel inspired to daydream during these tough times?
Amanda: The piece I created is a collage of my highlights from a recent trip to Italy, just before the Coronavirus outbreak. I feel incredibly lucky to have been able to experience the country when I did. The whole trip almost feels like a daydream to me, especially the idea of traveling to anywhere that is outside of our little bubble. Staying home is the new norm and everything else feels like a distant memory.
Creating this artwork was a way to memorialize the trip and perhaps wishful thinking for future safe travels. On the trip, I remember a street vendor selling these neon David figurines which is so ironic to me to depict one of the most famous works of traditional art in such an unnatural color. I have always been drawn to pop-art and its vibrant color palette and really wanted to use that David figurine as my inspiration for this artwork.
Q: What do you hope people will take away from this piece?
Amanda: I hope the main takeaway from this piece is that the color and surreal landscape brings joy and serves as an escape to anyone who needs it. Someday, when things return to any version of normal, we’ll be able to travel again to amazing places anxiety-free.