Amanda Wagstaff was a 2014-2015 New City Artist-in-Residence at The Haven.
Amanda grew up on a dairy farm in southern Virginia and holds an MFA in Studio Art from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a BA in Art and Art History from The College of William and Mary.
In graduate school, Amanda spent much of her energy trying to make sense of her material surroundings and the repetitive routines of everyday life. This preoccupation with the domestic continues to drive her studio practice, in which she explores the ways simple materials and techniques can embody meanings beyond their common identities.
Amanda continues these explorations in Ireland this year with the help of a Fulbright research grant and the support of the Chester Beatty Library in Dublin.
In 2015, resident artists Sean Rubin and Amanda Wagstaff facilitated the making of a Haven Community Quilt over the course of weekly quilting sessions in the Haven Day Shelter. Images, patterns, and messages were sewn, drawn, and colored onto the quilt pieces, which were placed onto the blank quilt, resulting in an art piece that reflects both the collective and individual nature of the Haven community. The Haven Quilt is displayed in the Haven Day Shelter. For images and the story of The Haven Community quilt, click HERE.
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