We sit down with artist Amanda Thackray. She is a talented artist from New Jersey who is currently working on her masters at the Rhodes Island School of Design.
We discuss her work in printmaking, bookbinding, and now fiber arts. Amanda’s work is very process oriented and she takes us into her approach to her work. I have wanted to sit down and talk to her about her work for a while and I was happy when we finally got the opportunity to talk.
I’m excited to have Amanda Thackray on the podcast and part of our group show. Amanda’s artwork is both conceptual and self-referential in the way she uses her materials. These qualities give her work many layers of meaning. For some one like me, I like sitting down with her pieces and take time to parse their meaning.
Like her recent rug weaving work, the design of the function play off each other. The image of the fruit-fly life cycle gets worn away as the rug disintegrates under foot traffic. This makes the material and the subject matter deliberately temporary.