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Amanda Kendrick's avatar Amanda Kendrick

My interest in candy spawned from its relationship to my childhood memories. At eight years old I met my father for the first and last time. My time with him was brief, but it made a distinct impression that remains with me to this day. The two moments that stand out are my father picking me up to swing me around in his arms and bonding with my cousins while sharing pieces of candy. My other memories are less clear and have become more obscure with time. My work captures these fleeting moments of childhood nostalgia. The use of both representation and abstraction is a metaphor for the range of access, or lack thereof, to my memories of childhood. The candy is used as a narrative device for depicting family histories. The way the candy is grouped is much like family gatherings to display a sense of intimacy. The joyful and disappointing moments in my childhood are alluded to within both the choice of subject and the mark making decisions in each composition.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 2 inches
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Width: 42 inches
  • Year created: 2017
  • Height: 50 inches