Amanda's work often deals with the expectations of women in a male-dominated society that is preoccupied with outward appearances but ignores internal needs and desires. As a wife and mother living in the suburbs with two young children, Amanda draws from firsthand knowledge of how harrowing it can be trying to fulfill the unrealistic expectations of perfection that society places on women in our social media driven, make-over-obsessed era.
Amanda Schilling was born and raised in a rural town in Southeast Texas. She received her bachelor's degree from Texas A&M University in 2005, and in 2009 she enrolled in post-baccalaureate studies in photography with Keith Carter at Lamar University. Upon finishing her studies with Carter, Amanda began exhibiting her fine art work at numerous galleries across the US and abroad. In 2016 Amanda was awarded the Holt-Wich Fellowship for the duration of her MFA career at the University of Houston where she also taught the Fundamentals of Photography.