Amanda Wallwork is an artist and curator based in Dorset. Her current practice is a continuing enquiry into landscape based around a series of research projects with associated exhibitions and commissions specifically concerned with the archaeology, geology of place. Informed by a process of immersion, extraction and abstraction the work is a form of mapping or shorthand for a collection of ideas and ideologies, symbolising an activity in time and place.
Primarily a painter she has focused on her own work since 1998 after an early career as a successful children’s book illustrator and indie record sleeve designer. She exhibits widely including Art First, London and is represented in Cornwall by Belgrave Gallery St Ives. Her work is regularly selected for the Bournemouth University Loan Collection and is held in many private collections. She was elected member of the RWA in 2014.
Her paintings, constructed from layers of plaster and oil paint, continuously built up and sanded down and then drawn on or scratched through to expose the layers beneath evoke the experience of archaeological excavations and the process of erosion.
2014: Ongoing research projects
The Colour of Time: Investigating geological mapping systems
Deep Time: Expressing geological timescales
Mapping the Ridgeway: Revealing the lost sites of this significant archaeological area
Time Walking: Walking the old ways, exploring ancient tracks and byways determined by the geology of an area.