Residual Membranes: Artist Amanda Triplett Exhibit at Cascade Paragon Gallery

By Katie San Roman|February 5, 2019Art, News, Top Stories|

Photo by Dan Kvitka for Amanda Triplett

Cascade Paragon Gallery is showcasing local Portland artist Amanda Triplett’s first solo show, Residual Membranes. Triplett’s media is recycled materials, garbage, boxes, garments, linen and towels.

Triplett, who studies art and art history at Sarah Lawrence College, revived her degree in 2004, and has exhibited her work around the Northwest, including shows in the Bay Area and Seattle.

Photo by Dan Kvitka for Amanda Triplett

“I am drawn to working with materials that have history and life and wear. I enjoy seeing how human interaction with materials has worn and shaped the fiber. It’s also important to me that my work is environmentally responsible. That I am taking from the landfill instead of contributing to it,” Triplett told The Bridge.

“It’s also important to me that my work is environmentally responsible. That I am taking from the landfill instead of contributing to it.”

Triplett explained that the title Residual Membranes evolved from the fact that her art pieces are of mostly recycled textiles. She said most of the pieces are made of items that have been thrown or left behind; materials that have a history and a life.

 

Photo by Dan Kvitka for Amanda Triplett

“I enjoy seeing how human interaction with materials has worn and shaped the fiber,” she said. “It’s also important to me that my work is environmentally responsible. That I am taking from the landfill instead of contributing to it. They [Residual Membranes] are the cast-offs and sheddings of our cultural. Shedding is also biological mechanism, which is why my work takes on biomorphic forms. My work also refers to the shedding of ideas and notions that don’t serve us anymore. For example, shedding self-limiting beliefs about our bodies like in the video projection piece Reflecting Pool.”

When asked if Triplett had any advice for apprising art students at PCC she said “try lots of different mediums. Play. Push your work to the precipice of what is possible. Don’t be afraid of going over. If and when you go over, you will find another precipice.”

Photo by Dan Kvitka for Amanda Triplett

 

While her time at PCC was short, her has a variety up shows through out February.

 

Vagina Interrupted
February 1-27, 2019
Milepost 5, Denizen Gallery
850 NE 81st Avenue Portland, Oregon
(Viewer discretion advised. May not be appropriate for children)

Splendid Ambiguity – Meaning and Form in Fiber
The Gretchen Schuette Art Gallery
February 13, 2019 – March 15, 2019
The Gretchen Schuette Art Gallery, Chemeteka College Art Gallery Salem Bldg. 3, Rm. 122
4000 Lancaster Dr NE, Salem, OR 97305

To find out more of Amanda’s artwork go to check out Amanda’s website.

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Social Media has become one of society's main news sources, I hope that the Bridge can help students bring awareness to what will affect them as students or just as human beings. One of my main passions is music, no matter the format, but especially live performances, I love everything about music. I hope that with this platform there can be more of a highlight on local artists (all kinds: poetry, sculpture, dance, the list goes on). If you are or know of any artists that you would like to see in the Bridge please email or tweet me and we’ll check them out! Interests: Music, Pop Culture, Art