Amanda Means holds a BA from Cornell University and an MFA from SUNY, Buffalo. Raised in a small upstate New York farming community, Means came to New York City over twenty-five years ago. Initially, Means photographed tangles of underbrush in the countryside and printed the results in her lower Manhattan darkroom. The tangles represented the chaotic environment that surrounded her. Now, Means continues to explore the duality of the city and nature by photographing light bulbs, botanicals, and water glasses. She shows how the other-worldly soul of nature can be found not only in natural forms, but also in mass-produced, industrial objects.
Means is a master black-and-white printer, having created prints for clients including Robert Mapplethorpe, Roni Horn, and the Smithsonian Institution. Means has exhibited her work at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Harvard Museum of Natural History; and the International Center for Photography. Her work has been reviewed in such publications as The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Boston Sunday Globe, and The New Yorker. Collections of her work can be found at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art
Fluence article by Edward M. Gomez (July/Aug 2010)