New York City-based Amanda Scuglia loves her cats, sweets, and camping! This week the multi media artist gave us the inside scoop on artist residencies she has received, her favorite piece at the Met, and which astrological phenomenon she's headed out West to see this summer.
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Lives & Works In: New York, NY
Occupation: Painter, printmaker, and occasionally a drawing professor. I also freelance as a graphic designer.
On the Clock: Tea first, then music. News, cats, work.
Your Art Weekend: Museums and galleries are better and less crowded on weekdays. I visit The Met for inspiration when I can. Joan of Arc by Jules Bastien-Lepage is one of my favorite paintings there, and I love finding something new in it each time. My weekend practice ranges from working in the studio or printshop, going out for en plein air studies, and figure drawing from life.
Album: James Blake - Overgrown
Film: I'm a documentary addict.
Artist: There is a constant rotation. Lately, it's been Cecily Brown.
Book: Audiobooks are my new fave. Latest was Seeds of Hope by Jane Goodall.
Eats: Chia seed pudding. Mexican food.
Latest Purchase: A flight out West for a summer adventure. Going to backcountry to hike and camp in Yellowstone, and then take an RV over to Grand Teton National Park to watch the Totality (solar eclipse).
Guilty Pleasure: I eat more dessert than I'd like to admit.
Grade in art class: A :)
36 hours: Oh, this is tricky. Probably somewhere I've never been. The Amazon Rainforest!
You have participated in several different artist residency programs. What were those experiences like, and how did they impact your artwork?
I'm very lucky and grateful for those experiences. It's interesting to look back and see how these places creep into your work over time. My first residency was in Giverny, France at the Terra Foundation. The light there is just stunning. I'll never forget en plein air painting in Monet's gardens. I was inspired to make my first figure-in-landscape piece on that trip as well. The most recent residency was the Eric Fischl Teaching Residency at West Nottingham Academy in Maryland, which was also a very special place. I got to see Andrew Wyeth's studio and the Brandywine Museum's collection of his work, which is spectacular up close and in person.
What made you want to be an artist, and when did you know it was what you wanted to do?
I always kind of knew. I've loved making art since I was a child and my parents were always unconditionally supportive of my ambitions. After undergrad, I moved to NYC and took some time to travel and just live. When I attended the New York Academy of Art for my MFA, that really sealed the deal.