Amanda Keeley has always been a bit of a bookworm. The Miami-based artist and publisher has worked at niche bookstore and publishing company Printed Matter, and has collaborated with the artist (and prolific art bookmaker) Yoko Ono. “I’ve always had a passion for books about artists,” Keeley says. “I moved to Miami in 2014, and there’s a very vibrant art scene, but I realized there wasn’t an awareness about artist publications.” Now, through EXILE Books, a pop-up artist’s bookstore that relocates every two to three months, she publishes her own books, while also working with local designers and artists to make publications, zines, posters, and exhibitions. “There are a lot of exiles settled in Miami, but I wanted to change that word so that it didn’t have a negative connotation, but really be tied to a nomadic presence,” she says of the project. “There’s also a component of liberation, where you’re no longer tied to a place, structure, or identity, because you’re creating your own.”
Amanda Keeley, Orange Oratory, 2015. Neon. 45 x 45 x 45 inches. Image courtesy The Artist. Photo: Lynton Gardiner.