Amanda Thackray


Amanda Thackray is a multidisciplinary artist and educator, based in Newark, NJ, whose practice sits at the intersection of craft, sculpture, and environmentally-based social practice. Thackray employs hand papermaking processes as a primary medium in her practice to create complex sculptural forms. She derives the content for her work through lengthy periods of research, guided by the tenuous relationship between the utility and detritus of human-made artifacts, focusing on the burden of plastic waste. Her research into the omnipresence of plastics in our environments and our bodies is depicted as large scale installations of quasi-fictional landscapes. Projects oscillate between spaces of the microscopic human body and the equally unknown vastness and depth of worldwide bodies of water. These dimensional landscapes present themselves as detailed yet ambiguous parallel fiber studies and fictitious maps of overwhelming polluted ocean. Often the detritus is depicted as a net – a malleable grid concurrently acting as a trap and a sieve. She utilizes imagery of netting to convey multilayered references attributed to both organic bodily material and human-made, rigid, immortal plastic.

Thackray’s projects have been exhibited at The Newark Museum, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, The Montclair Art Museum, The NARS Foundation, and The Knockdown Center. She is the recipient of a 2020 Creative Catalyst Fund Artist Fellowship. She has been awarded numerous residencies including The Arctic Circle in Svalbard, Norway, and at the Museum of Art and Design in NYC. Her work is in over a dozen public collections including The Watson Library at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC, Mediatheque Andre Malraux, France, Yale University, and The Library of Congress. She teaches printmaking at SUNY Purchase and Rutgers University. Thackray earned her MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and her BFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.


Selected Works