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Name: Amanda Smith
Statement: My work is a series of illustrated fables drawn from personal experience and observation. In these narratives I investigate questions of hierarchies, sociology and moral agency. The little girls that inhabit these pieces are the product of my experience growing up in an ultra-fem household with my mom and three sisters. My penchant for flat painting as well as the stylization of elements in my work comes from my love of historic religious narrative painting the world over, most notably Persian, Mughal and Rajasthani Indian manuscript and miniature paintings. Part of my working process includes appropriating decorative elements from these various art historical sources and adapting them to suit my own aesthetic sensibilities. Painting with ceramic mediums has allowed me to make archival, singular, handmade art objects. This has become increasingly important to me as everything from communication to clothing in contemporary culture is becoming ephemeral, mass-produced and/or disposable. Additionally, ceramics offers a unique palette of surfaces and textures. Employing traditional decorative techniques like decaling, sprigging, lustering, and china painting has afforded my work a classically ceramic, candy-coated aesthetic that can sometimes be subverted by the content of the work.

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The Franklin County Convention Facilities Authority today owns the largest contemporary collection of local art in central Ohio. All of the pieces are on display in the Greater Columbus Convention Center, the Hilton Columbus Downtown and the three Convention Center parking garages. The collection is the result of a communitywide... Read more

The Franklin County Convention Facilities Authority today owns the largest contemporary collection of local art in central Ohio. All of the pieces are on display in the Greater Columbus Convention Center, the Hilton Columbus Downtown and the three Convention Center parking garages. The collection is the result of a communitywide call for art, overseen by a committee of community members and implemented by collection curators James and Michael Reese of Reese Brothers Productions. The artists represent the diversity of the Columbus community, cutting across age, gender and race.

Dates

Made: 2013
Installed: 2016

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400 N. High St.
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Franklin County
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Ceramic with oil paint

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