Past Life Raft no. 2
Acrylic, spray paint, mixed cotton fabrics, digital prints on cotton, wool, canvas, cord, grommets and polyfill
52 x 40 x 4 inches
Amanda Smith recently began making quilts as an expansion of her painting practice, primarily through using one of her old paintings as a “Rosetta stone” for new work. Beyond merging disparate visual and material spaces, Amanda is trying to merge incompatible aspects of her own lived experience. Quilts are objects built for time travel, as they are commonly passed from generation to generation while maintaining relevancy as objects of visual pleasure and comfort. In this context, she thinks of revisiting her paintings through quilts as recalling her “past lives” by creating retrospective heirlooms. This notion of heirloom also connects to concepts of inheritance, ownership, and property. Amanda connects these ideas with landscape and nature, specifically how we define, access, and interact with it.