My work explores shelter, especially in the context of our relationship with the land and each other. The colors in my paintings are earthen pigments. I make paint from rocks and clays gathered near my home, constructing a painted sanctuary embedded with the quiet witness of the land.
The structures and materials of textiles, primitive dwellings, and other elements of our built environment influence my visual language. Like the building process, the paintings develop through stacking, weaving, and assembling simple forms. The patterns in my work suggest familiar spaces that not only cover our bodies but also connect our souls.
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.
For the last ten 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 is also a teacher and facilitator for the public art organization Mark Making.