About Amanda Triplett
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Making art in the space where fine art and craftwork intersect, I manipulate, layer and embroider salvaged fibers into abstractions of biology. These sculptural fiberworks reimagine the internal landscape of the body. Working with materials gleaned from thrift stores, garbage piles and free boxes, I select well-worn items of intimacy like garments, towels, and linens. Having caressed and contained the bodies of their former owners, these textile objects are replete with bodily knowledge and shaped and marked by their wearing. For me, these secret dramas contained within the rescued fibers render the materials rich and unique.
As I dismantle these rescued fibers and sew them together in new ways, I engage in a craftwork meditation on all of the expectations and assumptions that come with inhabiting my own body and identity.
The form language of my sculptural works is biomorphic and visceral. Oozing, soft, supple, fibrous, and organic, these sculptures explore the struggles of having a body, being a body, and wearing a body. My work asks how we reconcile our fleshy masses with the culturally-designated and expected body narratives of our identities.