Stand In For Homes This installation is a compilation of kitchens, living rooms and hallways combined to create a decontextualized image. Perhaps suggesting a second hand thrift store window or what it looks like when you move from one place to another, these objects lack their original context in favor of a collected, layered image of spaces that once were. I create these thread drawings by sewing onto a material that dissolves in water which allows me to layer the thread so that when the fabric is later removed, the stitched thread holds together with its own raveled strength. I am interested in the vulnerability of thread and stitched line in relation to the home as both things feel temporary and fragile. The thread drawings in this installation are created on a 1 to 1 scale. The chairs, side tables and other nick nacks are objects that existed in a number of my previous living spaces. Through recreating these objects out of thread, these renderings act as portable traces and records of spaces that used to exist. These pieces are stand in, a synthetic and re-created depictions that reflect the distance between memory and place.
Amanda McCavour holds a BFA from York University where she studied drawing and installation. Since graduating in 2007, she has participated in national and international exhibitions and has recently completed residencies at Harbourfront Centre’s Textile Studio in Toronto, at Maison des Metiers D’art de Quebec inQuebec City and the Klondike Institute of Art and Culture in Dawson City, Yukon. In the past year, she has received awards and scholarships from the Ontario Crafts Council, The Handweavers and Spinners Guild of America, The Ontario Crafts Council, The Ontario Society of Artists, The Surface Design Association, The International Biennial of Contemporary Textile Art, Kherson, Ukraine and The Embroiderers Guild of America. She recently completed her MFA at Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia PA in May 2014 and is looking forward to her upcoming residency in September at Struts Gallery in Sackville New Brunswick.