Amanda Louise Spayd – Origins of the Forest

Posted: September 6, 2012 in Art, Toys, Uncategorized
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New works from Amanda Louise Spayd will be presented at her “Origins of the Forest” show held at My Plastic Heart. The show will open from 6-9pm on 9/7 and runs until 10/7/2012.  Amanda will be in attendance at the show opening!!!!

For the un-initiated here’s a quick blurb about Amanda:

“Amanda Louise Spayd’s mixed-media work combines the textures and colors of antique domestic objects, the natural world, and an obsessive attention to detail. At once endearing and unsettling, her fabric creatures evoke ideas of cast-off children’s toys and ill-conceived taxidermy experiments with crooked human teeth.”

Amanda’s interview by My Plastic heart can be read here

Here’s an excerpt that I particularly enjoyed:

Your figures look like they have rich histories behind them. Do you usually think of a back story for each figure that you create?

I don’t really have specific backstories for them, but I love the idea of history. I am a collector of antiques, and the history of an object – whether or not you really know what it is – is a huge part of the charm for me. I mean yeah, that sort of sepiatone wash of time that old objects all have is aesthetically pleasing and cohesive, but the mystery of where it came from is really intriguing. Who touched it? Who used it? What kind of children played with it? Who wore it?  In a way, I want people to wonder the same things when they first see my work, to wonder where they came from, who made them, and what they were for. I don’t want to create the histories, because I want people to ask these questions and experience the joy of wondering about an unfamiliar and unusual object.

How would you describe your work to someone who is unfamiliar with it?

“antique playthings from a history that never was”

If you are in NY during her show, please stop by to see her creations in person.

Ways to connect with Amanda Louise Spayd:

website: http://mandilouise.blogspot.com/

facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AmandaLouiseSpayd

twitter: @amandaspayd

flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mandilouise/

tumblr: http://amandalouisespayd.tumblr.com/

(pics courtesy of Amanda’s Flickr and Circus Posterus Forum)

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