2019 June Solo Exhibition at Shift Gallery | Click here to read the show review, “Sound of the Sea”, by Shift Artist Peggy Murphy.

“With Low Tide 1 and High Tide 1, color becomes more diverse, the grid becomes less perceptible, and a sense of freedom occurs as if a conclusion is drawn. It is in these works, as well as the larger canvases, that her process yields a true sense of tidal motion. Unexpected hues fill the large canvases, marks gain in scale and travel across the field. Depth and motion are present, and the sea and shoreline are palpable in these pieces. Much like the sea, there is a sense of contradiction–safe/threatening, tumultuous/calm, surface/depth.”



Amanda C. Sweet received a BFA in Painting from Rhode Island School of Design in 2007 and an MFA in Painting + Drawing from the University of Washington, Seattle in 2015. She has lived and worked in Providence, RI, Brooklyn, NY, Asheville, NC, and Seattle, WA. 

Amanda has exhibited in New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Washington, Wisconsin, France, and Singapore. She works as a professional studio artist and a project assistant and graphic designer at Floyd|Snider, an environmental consulting firm in downtown Seattle.


Sweet creates multimedia art using procedures directly inspired by natural movements: the constant churn and flow of water, and the shifting and settling of aging earth. This spirit is captured in layers of repeated, lyrical marks, overlaid with patterns, and at times, worked into a larger grid. 

The resulting works are abstract, yet rooted in observation. Her process begins in nature, often by observing waves as they advance and retreat from the shoreline. Sweet extracts select perceptual information to deconstruct and reconstruct upon returning to her studio. 

This embrace of chance operations leads her in new, unexpected directions. She reuses and recycles all material left over from finished works into new paintings, drawings, collages, and photo works. All artworks are thus connected in this way, each a part of a single cyclical process. 

Much like her personal investigation of nature outside of her practice, Sweet asks many questions of her work. What environmental changes affected its evolution? What traces of its transformation are left behind? What new shape will it take on? 

The subject of her work is the process of its creation, and her joy in being a maker lies in both the discovery and the path it took to get there. 

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