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In the AMOMA project I make unique hand painted butterflies in a multiple series format and there are never two the same.
The project represents for me a simple communication achieved through painting.
In my art practice I represent a number of visual themes but for the AMOMA project I focus on butterflies. I see the project as one piece of artwork that relates to the rest of my practice but exists as an autonomous exercise. By considering the individual butterflies collectively, as one piece that is separated into parts and shared between many, I am interested in the idea that it makes some kind of connection between all the individuals who have been attracted on some level by the works.
In a world of reproductions and overcomplicated categorisations, i sometimes think that making simple, unique and available paintings, can defend a particular value between the individual and the shared…

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  • Joined March 7, 2011

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About

In the AMOMA project I make unique hand painted butterflies in a multiple series format and there are never two the same.
The project represents for me a simple communication achieved through painting.
In my art practice I represent a number of visual themes but for the AMOMA project I focus on butterflies. I see the project as one piece of artwork that relates to the rest of my practice but exists as an autonomous exercise. By considering the individual butterflies collectively, as one piece that is separated into parts and shared between many, I am interested in the idea that it makes some kind of connection between all the individuals who have been attracted on some level by the works.
In a world of reproductions and overcomplicated categorisations, i sometimes think that making simple, unique and available paintings, can defend a particular value between the individual and the shared.
It is important to me that the butterflies offer the opportunity to own an original painting for an affordable price. I have travelled widely with this project and they have also become symbolic gifts to those whose support or kindness have in some way touched my life.
I have held both organized and impromptu workshops teaching variations of my technique to all kinds of enthusiasts from mature first time painters in the UK to fine art students in Spain and street children in Cambodia.
Whilst following a simple structure but allowing for an element of the uncontrolled in the process of making the paintings, I find the ink and watercolour techniques that I use can inspire confidence in those who are afraid to unconsciously make artwork, by consistently yielding unexpected and effective results.

The AMOMA project was born out of a need to paint unconsciously and fluidly, to create something free from the mental processes that are concerned with what and why I paint.
As a painter you necessarily spend al lot of time in your studio on your own, making work and embroiled in a constant internal discussion between yourself and the ideas that are investigated and developed through the act of making a painting. At times the best way to stay afloat during this process is to take a step back and switch to a more automatic mode of functioning to allow your ideas to loosen themselves from the grip of analytical and technical issues thrown up by practice. Making work in an unconscious and fluid manner is the best way I have found to refresh my ideas to counter what is often termed the mythical ‘artists block” and the AMOMA butterfly project began for me in this way. They became an almost meditative part of my practice.

The butterfly is a motif that appeared organically during this process although its symbolic resonances are very strong in a number of cultures, often representing the soul. They are about lightness, the ephemeral and the collective. They are a positive message about constant change and renovation.

AMOMA has developed as a project about communicating initially to myself and then through opening up my practice.
I love that the butterflies migrate all over the world connecting as a visual language, people of different ages, backgrounds and cultures. I want them to have a broad communication.

I would like the AMOMA project to promote the accessibility of art as a visual language to inspire people to engage with painting and learn to have confidence in their own plastic expression.

Anna McNeil was born in Scotland and lives and works between the UK and Spain. She studied Fine Art Painting at Bath Academy of Art in the UK, has exhibited widely throughout Europe and has work in many private collections!

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