I begin on the floor. I emphasize the imperfect ripples of the surface landscape and layer breath, trying to create oneness, absorbing a felt shape. I activate and float the paper, allowing it to explore negative space. Scale, contour, movement stages, capture, and allow a battleground. I question linear time.
Feelings are weighty, textured; they hang in the atmosphere. They knit together a sympathy upholding daily life.
Inside, outside, back, front, around, through. I am hysterical!!! There is more, but we can talk and walk across it now and later, again.
The title of this series, "Thought-forms" comes from the 1901 theosophical text by Annie Besant and C.W. Leadbeater, outlining a mystical visual vocabulary of concrete emotions.
Amanda Friedman (b.1984, Washington, DC) lives in Brooklyn. She has participated in residencies at The Vermont Studio Center and The Shandaken Project. Her work has been included in exhibitions at Clifton Benevento and Artists Space, New York; PACS Gallery, Brooklyn; Nudashank, Baltimore; and Vox Populi, Philadelphia. This is her first solo exhibition in New York.
oil, charcoal and house paint on paper,
69 x 76 x 2 inches
Thought-form: Hi Five,
oil, stick, printer paper and house paint on paper,
74 x 60 x 2 inches