Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya is an award-winning neuroscientist-turned-artist, TED mainstage speaker, professor and STEM advocate. Before becoming a multidisciplinary artist, Amanda studied Alzheimer's Disease at Columbia Medical Center. Her work brings science and society closer together and has been recognized by Fast Company, Forbes and The New York Times. She won a 2016 TED Residency and in 2017 her work garnered a WeWork Creator's Award, and she was named one of NBC's 26 Emerging Asian American Voices. In 2019, her Beyond Curie in AR project, celebrating badass women in STEM, was honored by the Fast Company Innovation by Design Awards. Her work has been shown at the Pratt Manhattan Gallery, Google, the Sorbonne and the TEDWomen Summit. Last year, she installed an immersive AR experience at the Cooper Union about the communities of microbes all around us. And she opened her solo exhibition of collected works at the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art, for which she received Special Congressional Recognition for the “use of art, technology and science to bring society closer together” from Congresswoman Susie Lee. Through writing, speaking and art, she is trying to challenge audiences to rethink the world around them.

“Women, and especially women of color have become incredibly influential voting blocs for our country. In this series, pairs of women stand defiantly, ready to determine their futures amidst a flurry of stars, stripes, and ballots. Around them, verdant life blooms, signifying the change these women of color are bringing to our country by exercising their right to vote.

"As a 14 year resident of New York City, I never dreamed my art would appear in the bright lights of Times Square, a place that people from all over the world journey to experience. We’re living through a moment full of hurt and hardship, but the act of voting can serve as a beacon of hope among a sea of despair. Through this essential right that women and people of color fought so hard for, we can ignite change and create new possibilities.

"Just like our government, our art and culture is shaped by every generation. I am encouraged by the passion of our nation’s youth, and excited for the tens of millions of young people who will be at the ballot box for the first time in 2020. But no matter our age, race, or gender, the responsibility for upholding our democracy falls to us all.”

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