AMANDA BEASLEY: THE LEFT BEHIND
Gallery 1010 (UTK) / 1150 McCalla Ave. March 1, 2019 - March 3, 2019
There is an over arching theme of memory construction, deconstruction, and reconstruction. Just as memory is manufactured through a process, each piece in the exhibition is fabricated from items that have been left behind by someone (found objects, reworked objects, or even objects that I have lived with). There is a personal narrative woven into these pieces as they transition into artistic objects. The imprints and impressions created during their utilitarian lives are preserved in many ways as I deconstruct them and reconstruct them, entangling their story with my own ideas. My work invokes domestic space, but it works to command that space of inhabitation in other ways as well as to confuse it with the shadowy places of our psyches. Things are never really how we remember them. Pieces of our experiences are woven together to create an impression of the event that seems true to us. Memory is constructed in this way, and these works are physical representations of my memory as I explore sculpture’s command of space.