Chattanooga, TN | Painting
Amanda Brazier is a painter living in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She received her BA in Studio Art and Spanish from Freed-Hardeman University in 2007. For the last eight 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 facilitator for the public art organization Mark Making.
My work explores shelter, especially in the context of our relationship with the land and each other. The colors in my paintings are of the earth itself. I make paint from rocks and clays gathered near my home, constructing a painted sanctuary alive with the texture 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.