January 14 - February 18, 2021
Amanda Smith is an award-winning interdisciplinary artist based in Missouri, where she is Assistant Professor of Painting and Drawing at Missouri State University. Smith’s exhibition at McMaster Gallery will feature hybrid quilt paintings and cushion-stuffed works which challenge our common associations of quilts as sources of comfort and conduits to rest. Her works tap into our collective unease about transitioning environmental, political, and social landscapes. Smith adapts the forms of functional items for resting or sleeping outdoors--such as sleeping bags and hammocks--into varying shapes or substrates of wall works. These wall installations simultaneously embody aspects of comfort and uncertainty, and reference camouflage or protective cover while also being visually overt and maximalist.