Amber Renaye

Marrying ideas to materials, I work across disciplines integrating drawing, painting, sculpture, photography,  writing, and whatever else into the landscape of my work. The work is self-possessed, grounded in the reinterpretation of the matter it is made of. The paintings are made from dirt and ground rocks that are mixed with oil to make pigment. In alignment with the terrain of the natural world, the work is simultaneously abstract and representational.

I am moved by the metaphor of how drawing with perspective renders life. In drawing, traditionally there is one, two and three-point perspective. One-point, being the vainest, requires all lines to refer to a single point on the page. Two and three-point perspective model the environment to represent a scene from multiple points of view, thus depicting a broader representation. While these points exist on a picture plane, in life, moving around an object or situation creates the same kind of dimension while making observations from a single fixed point creates a narrowing path.

“My aim is not to make a system… but to picture a world… the picturing of worlds requires not a static and systematic formulation, but an active exploration of images and views, a continual jumping-about, imaginative movement.” —Dr. Oliver Sacks