This is 5 Questions. Each week, we send five questions to an artist featured in Under the Radar, our weekly email highlighting the best art on the ArtSlant network. This week we seek answers from Amber Renaye.
What are you trying to communicate with your work?
I work with a candid consideration of the materials’ inherent qualities and understand the resulting “communication” to be a shared matter of perception.
Strata II, 2018, Ground rock and oil medium on canvas
What is an artist’s responsibility?
I’m not sure I agree that artists are special in the sense this question implies. I can only speak to my own responsibilities, which range from acutely pragmatic to absurdly philosophical.
Show us the greatest thing you ever made (art or not)?
I have to use present tense because the greatest things I make are the simplest pleasures:
And I love a crisp apple but can’t take credit for those.
Gravel VII, 2018, Ground rock and oil medium on canvas
Tell us about a work you want to make but never will:
I don’t actively want to do things that I will never do. I just don’t think this way. If I want to do or make something, I make a plan to do so. Otherwise, I can’t claim to really want it.
Who are three artists we should know but probably don’t?
Candelabra VI, 2019, Found stone and brass with candles
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(Image at top: Candelabra V, 2019, Engraved stone, brass, and grout)