Amanda Lillian Mills is Sunshine Acid, a self taught artist currently living in Los Angeles, California. Growing up in Northern Wisconsin and then spending a decade in Milwaukee developing and honing their artistic style, they eventually came out west seeking a new frontier to work and create. As a photographer, they have shot everything from editorial to portraiture, headshots, products, real estate, nature, and fine art, and as a an art director have built a vast array of sets and environments, and collected a radical collection of vintage wardrobe and props.
“I desire to create meaningful and socially conscious artwork that encourages my viewer to think outside of themselves momentarily, and to ponder the life in my created reality. I want to share the nature of my subject in a very real, and ofttimes cinematic way. ‘Sunshine’ is an ode to my Mama Cat who left this earthly plane too soon, but always said she’d have a ray of Sunshine to leave to behind, and ‘Acid’ is a hail to the psychedelic 60’s. The mental expansion that stemmed from the use of LSD, mushrooms and marijuana during the last century has had a pivotal role in liberating the limited human mind and offer a vision to the source within us and our connection the all of life in the universe.”
“Ecological sustainability is hugely important in my projects, and consideration is given to source second hand materials to reduce waste. I have a desire to work with artists and designers who have the same mindset, and also have a focus on community building as I think it’s vital to our survival that we work together as humans, as resourcefully as possible. We need to reduce our consumption, and shift our perception of our role as humans on this planet, and we have to do it for the greater good of all life, before it’s too late.”
2011: Received Associates of Applied Sciences, Milwaukee Area Technical College
2011: Fashion Design Internship: Project M, a DIY art school in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
2011-2015: Cardiovascular Technologist at Froedtert Hospital, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
2013-2015: Co-Founder of Cocoon Room, an all ages DIY art + music venue based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Co-Curator of gallery shows, booking bands, and vintage shop keeping.
2015: Wardrobe: Fable and the World Flat - ’Soliloquy in Symphony’ - Music video.
2015: Wardrobe: WebsterX - ‘Lately’ by Cody LaPlant - Music video.
2015: Received Holistic Healing with Herbs Certification at Mind Soul and Self
2015: Stylist: ‘Century of the City’ fashion show, Milwaukee, WI
2015: Stylist: ‘Femme Adorn II-III’ fashion shows, Milwaukee, WI
2015-2016: Seamstress/Photographer: The Mini Classy
2016: Stylist: Lex Allen ‘Cream and Sugar’ by Cody LaPlant - Music video.
2016: Stylist: WC Tank - ‘27th and National’ - Music video.
2017: Photographer: Milwaukee Magazine ‘SS17 Fashion Page
2017: Wardrobe/Art Director: ‘Until They Berry Me’ by Damien Blue - Short film.
2017: Wardrobe/Set Dresser: Vinyl Theatre - ’30 Seconds’ by Cody LaPlant - Music video.
2017: Wardrobe: Jacob Banks - ‘Unholy War’ by Cody Laplant - Music video.
2017: Wardrobe: ‘Mount Liptak’ by Ryan Garrett Allsop - Short film.
2018: Photographer/Art Director: ‘Machine Shop’ by Kyle Kadow for Elena Velez
2018: Art Director/Set Dresser:Mozzy - ‘Black Hearted’ by New Edge Cinema - Music video.
2019: ‘Delightful Mortals’ Solo Photography Exhibit at Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design (MIAD)
2019: Wardrobe/Art Director: Saebra and Carlyle - ‘Rabbit Hole’ by Brian Klewin - Music video.
2019: Art Director/Set Dresser: Flo Mill - ‘Beef Flo” by Avonni Global - Music Video.
2019: Art Director/Set Dresser: Bazzi - ‘Soul Searching’ by Huffman Creative - Music video.
2019: Art Assistant/Builder: Art Mafia - ‘Bright’ installation at Comunity Made, Los Angeles, CA.
2019: Art Director/Set Dresser for Diljit Dosanjh music video - release date September 2019.
2019: Production Assistant/Site Rep./Driver for Standard Vision
Photography Clients + Published Work:
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Alive and Fine Vintage
The Mini Classy
Pigeons + Planes
Luna Luna Mag
Diverse and Resilient
Pride News and Media
Creating Change Conference
88.9 Radio Milwaukee (online)