Ranging from drawing, painting, and collage work, to traditional printmaking including letterpress and lithography, unconventional book objects and sculptural installations, Amanda Thackray’s practice is rooted in a sincere love of paper. Interested in paper as a conceptually malleable, almost alchemical surface, she utilizes it to create work that connects the human body to the world around it. Inspired by a deep connection to the processes of science, her materials and structures are often cellular and mathematical at their core. As an object-maker, she is foremost interested in accumulation, stringing together and layering materials and actions that mirror each other. The resultant composite structures are objects and drawings that are built from a single moment reenacted thousands of times. It is this indulgence in process that drives much of her work.
Amanda Thackray received her MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and her BFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. She has participated in national and international artist residencies, including a year-long residency at the Center for Book Arts in New York, a 2013 residency in the High Arctic as part of the Arctic Circle Program. Her work is in over a dozen public collections including the Alexander Library Special Collections at Rutgers University, The Center for Book Arts, NY, Mediatheque Andre Malraux, Strasbourg, France, Yale University, and The Library of Congress.