Wirig said the series of paintings eventually became a way to thresh out her own frustrations with pursuing an art career while also serving as an outlet for social observation.
"I can say things in my artwork I could never say in real life," she said.
For Wirig, the 410 exhibit represents a changing point in her career, both stylistically and geographically.
With the recent attention from Twin Cities and Chicago galleries, Wirig said she is hoping to begin showing her work more regularly in metro venues. The artist who doubles as a guitar teacher at Scheitel's Music has also begun working in a new, musically inspired style that is equally retro and subversive, but without the commercial backdrop.
When Wirig started an Etsy account to sell her newest work, she cleared her inventory in a matter of weeks. In addition to creating more new work, she said she's also considering making prints of her previous work.
"I'm making stuff that I'm happy with," she said. "But at the same time, I'm trying to find a market for it."
What Exhibit by Amanda Wirig When Through July 14 Where 410 Project Gallery, 523 S. Front St. in Mankato Gallery hours 2-6 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, and 1-4 p.m. Sundays