Movement in my Mind - Amanda Wright
Movement In My Mind - Amanda Wright
100 x 150 cm $1950
Acrylic paint, spray paint & ochre on canvas
In this collection Amanda explores the relationship between art-making and emotion, mental health and transformation.
Accompanied by curious wild birds, and her pet and rescued birds. Wrights ongoing experience with the symptomatic turbulence of her mental illness is tightly interwoven with her art practice.
Art is the paradox, providing relief and compulsion, freedom and confinement.
Amanda Wright is a Palawa artist whose family, on her mother’s side, is from Bruny Island, Tasmania. Amanda grew up and went to school in Boronia, before doing a Fine Arts degree at RMIT. Amanda comes from a family of artists, including her mother, her maternal grandfather, Amanda’s sister, and her mother’s cousin. When Amanda was three or four she recalls her uncle painting, and at that moment she decided that painting was for her. She has been painting ever since.
Amanda sees her practice as being linked to her state of mind, and represented by stages throughout her artistic life. At university she used a palette knife composing full-length bodies on large canvases. Now her work is focused on tenderly conceived portraits of Aboriginal people that give a window into the subjects’ spiritual and emotional worlds.
Amanda says, ‘ I found family and now I’m trying to find spirit. I just have to paint every day. I have so many ideas. Painting is all I have ever known.’
Amanda also studied Visual Arts Education at Deakin University.