Human/Nature - A Series of Soft Sculpture Portraits
March 14, 2022 - May 6, 2022
Human/Nature displayed ten soft sculpture portraits by Amanda Madrigal that explore our delicate relationship with the earth that sustains us. Using materials sourced from her extensive collection of donated and found textiles, Amanda takes the audience through a lush landscape of installed pieces that aim to evoke the same feelings of harmony and balance that are found only in nature. A synthesis between human forms and those inspired by the natural world create moments of surrender by the figures that inhabit them. Figures that express what it means to be fully present. Button up shirts, domestic objects, and various textiles are taken apart and put back together in ways that transcend into the metaphysical and describe the realization that we are all part of the same thread, that of the earth.
Manifested with alluring intricacy and an abundance of repurposed materials, Human/Nature comments on society’s current practice of over-consumption and calls for a more sustainable alternative. One that promises a future in which all living things thrive.
“Only through this process of repeatedly taking things apart and putting them back together a new, am I able to navigate the human experience in a way that makes sense to me. Every stitch is a cathartic and tangible expression of my collaboration with life.