My work begins in the garden, along footpaths, within the valleys and ridges of home.
The colors within my work are earthen pigments. I sift pigments from rocks and clays gathered nearby to make paint and paper. I use studio scraps and plant fibers for papermaking, drawing upon quilt patterns and a posture of resourcefulness as I stitch pieces together.
The visual language of trellises, textiles, meandering trails, and birdsong spectrograms informs my painting. The marks and materials of my work are meditations on familiar paths and repetitive movements that compose the rhythms of the place I call home.
Amanda Brazier (b. 1986, Nashville, Tennessee, USA) is a painter living in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Her work has been shown at the Hunter Museum of American Art, the Asheville Art Museum, the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Southern Adventist University, Freed-Hardeman University, and Spalding Nix Fine Art. Publications featuring her work include New American Paintings and Anthology Magazine.
Since 2011 years she has been gathering and using local earth pigments in her paintings in order to connect more deeply with the history and material of painting and place. She also facilitates art classes for the public art organization Mark Making.