Amanda Burnham

I make drawings and drawing installations based on my explorations of and encounters with the city. Often working on site, outside or in my car, I read the landscape for found fragments of language and record the poetics of vacant lots, moveable type signs, billboards, and rowhouses with ink and other water media on paper. I often piece fragments together in a cumulative manner not unlike the way the urban landscape is collectively authored over time. I expand upon these explorations in my drawing installations by reassembling drawn fragments of landscape with explicit layering and visibly taped and sutured seams. The resulting spaces call to mind their sources while also describing a new landscape vision, forged as the found pieces are adapted to the site against which they have been displaced.

My work has been exhibited widely; selected venues include the Volta Art Fair (Basel, Switzerland), the Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, the Toledo Museum of Art, Artisphere, the Urban Institute of Contemporary Art, the Cranbrook Institute of Art, Benrimon Contemporary (NYC), Bridge Gallery (NYC), Christina Ray Gallery (NYC), and GV/AS Gallery (Brooklyn, NY). Local venues include the Creative Alliance, School 33, the Silber Gallery, the Julio Art Gallery, the Gormley Gallery, MICA, d center, the Stamp Gallery, Hamiltonian Gallery (DC), and Transformer (DC). I have been the recipient of Individual Artist Awards from the Maryland State Arts Council in 2010 and 2013, and have been named a Sondheim Prize semifinalist in both 2012 and 2013. A graduate of Harvard University (BA) and Yale University (MFA), I am presently an Assistant Professor at Towson University.


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