We had the good fortune of connecting with Amanda Faber and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Amanda, how do you think about risk?
Many of the things I am most proud of have come from times that I have chosen to take a risk. Some are big things like being a mother or being a contestant on a baking show. Some are smaller things like the first bit of paint I put on a blank canvas or when I do something weird with a piping tip on a cake. It is scary to try new things, but to me the risk is worth the thrill. I am curious to see if a risk with pay off or if it be a disaster. For me, there is no other way. I don’t think that everyone needs to be so risky. Some people are more naturally steady. I see that steadiness can be very fulfilling and satisfying too. It just doesn’t happen to be my way.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Right now my go to medium is paint on raw cotton canvas. I work quickly on a canvas that is wet. The paint bleeds in expected and unexpected ways. I like that it looks a little like spray paint. My work is intuitive and inspired by nature. I love the way that plants and animals are exactly what they are. They do not edit themselves or try to be a certain way. When I am painting, I try to be like plants and animals. I am true about how I am and how I feel. I let myself be free like a child at play.
I have always wanted to paint, but I was scared and confused for many years. I left art school without finishing because I felt cooped up and restrained. I did not like the feeling of trying to get good grades with my art. I wanted to be free and emotional. I quit. For a long time I only allowed myself to appreciate art, but I did not feel like I was an artist because I did not do it the “right” way. When I started baking, I worked hard at getting my bakes to look a certain way. When people would comment that my bakes were artistic, I would cry because it meant so much. I realized I was still an artist. Cake was a sneaky medium! I did not see it as art at first, but it was. I was being an artist without knowing it. As my artist-self gained momentum I started to resent when customers would request a specific design for their cake. I realized that I needed more creative freedom, and that is when I started to paint.
It has not been a straight line, but even detours from art can still benefit an artist. I do not see my time away as a loss, but instead I think I was capturing ideas and feelings that I can share now.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Let’s pretend that my best friend Aileen is here for the weekend. I live in Highland Park, so we would start here. For Friday night dinner, I would take her to Hippo for some pasta, and then to Holcomb on York for wine on the patio. For Saturday breakfast, a slice of veggie quiche from Tartine in Pasadena and an Americano before hiking along the Arroyo Seco. We would probably have lunch at home, and then I would like to have pizza from Town or Shrimp Wontons from Joy delivered so we could watch a movie at home. Sunday breakfast must be chilaquiles on the patio at Delia’s in Eagle Rock. I would take her to La Loma Projects and Odd Ark to see some art. After that, we would do a little drive to Malibu. Chocolate cake for lunch on the pier, yes. Finally, some beach strolling before heading down the coast to LAX.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to thank my cousin Corrie Alvaro. She is clear about what she wants, and admire that so much. She knows how to be herself in all situations. It is beautiful to see a person live with that skill! She is kind, smart, strong, and thoughtful. Spending time with her is inspiring. Our conversations help me clarify my feelings about art and life. I am deeply thankful for her.