Boulevard Okanagan, January/February 2020

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in studio … WITH AMANDA SHATZKO

Mixed mediums

Amanda Shatzko: art, the circus and politics WORDS DAVID WYLIE

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PHOTOGRAPHY DARREN HULL

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Most artists don’t paint upside down while suspended in the air. Amanda Shatzko blends her unique Cirque du Soleil training with formal art training — and it can be a tricky balancing act. “You’ve got to learn perspective very fast, because you’re right-side up one second, then you’re upside down the other second,” she said. “Before, I used to go up with huge multiple canvases and have a hanging bucket with paint, but then I’d start crashing into it and learned it’s a bad idea to have a bucket of paint moving around.” The North Okanagan artist is always looking for ways to improve her craft and push her artistic boundaries, even if it means making mistakes along the way.


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