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Amanda Flynn

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Adult: 21 and over

Describe your art here - type of art, techniques and materials used, what your art represents and what it means to you.
I am a multidisciplinary artist, working in many different art forms. The mediums I work with most frequently for my artwork are acrylics, gansai and ink, often executed on canvas or Chinese painting paper, and I sometimes paint using my fingers. I am also skilled in pottery, woodworking and silversmithing. I feel that materials are but tools to express feelings, and love exploring new mediums. This piece was painted on canvas using acrylic paints, brushes and my fingers. It was created in November 2020, when I was nearly full-term in my pregnancy. I wanted to express the beauty, transformation, joy and gratefulness I had of carrying a child when I was not sure I ever would be able to having had a tumour and hormonal issues that went with it.

Please include your age, tumor type and date of diagnosis (patients & survivors only) and let us know how art has impacted your life.
I was born in Singapore and grew up in the United Kingdom. It was there that I spent the formative years of my life. I read Chinese and Development Studies at SOAS, University of London, and afterwards went to Taiwan, planning to stay for a year. I was however seduced by Hualien’s majestic mountains and wild waters, and it was there that I completed my Master of Fine Arts in Art and Design. I have come full circle and am currently back in my home country of Singapore, laying down roots here with my husband and four month old baby. I was diagnosed with Cushing’s Disease, a pituitary macroadenoma tumour, at the age of 22, just a month after I graduated from university in July 2011 and I am now aged 32. Art is my lifeline when I need to express strong emotions as well as the place where I feel most at peace.

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