Amanda Rose Kachadoorian is an artist who was born and raised in San Diego, California. Her dreamy botanical portraits reflect both the intermingling of cultures across diverse communities and the unique perspective that accompany the multicultural experience. Kachadoorian’s interest in the hybridization of cultures and botanicals is influenced by her own experience growing up near the border of San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico along with her own multi-ethnic background. Her current project titled, “Botanical Hybridity of San Diego’s Multicultural History” is a series of work representing diverse cultures, communities and history that have shaped specific regions of San Diego by using untouched landscape and surrealist botanicals as a surrogate for people and cultures. Her work belongs in the collections of institutions including the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture and private collectors.
I use painting as a tool to create pre-existing landscapes before modern development and surrealist plants that are inspired by botanicals from various ecosystems. Through organic shapes, vibrant colors, and dreamy landscapes I research and experiment with unique plant life as a new form of portraiture. The hybrid botanicals represent various cultures and their historical significance to create a symbolic ecosystem distinctive to each respective region. Each narrow 10-foot painting is representative of a micro-region of San Diego to tell a story of its history starting off with the virgin landscape and its natural landmarks. With the question, “how did the modern landscape we see today came to be?” I research various points of history from the indigenous Kumeyaay tribe to Spanish colonialism, California annexation, the impacts of World War ll and so forth. This project speaks to the integration of cultures, migration, and adaption but also the acknowledgment of our society’s history.