Amanda Lechner: Terra Ignota: Land Unknown November 7 - December 9, 2022

Lecture and Reception

Tuesday, November 15, 5:30pm

About The Exhibition

A spirit of experimentation and discovery permeates Amanda Lechner's studio practice that is inspired by ideas from topics such as imagery quantum physics, alchemy and science-fiction. This exhibition is organized around the notion of Terra ignota (also terra incognita), which translates from Latin as "land unknown." This phrase has been long used in cartography to indicate the unexplored, un-described, or uncharted. In our contemporary age terra ignota is often used to refer to the unmapped immensity of outer-space, the unknowns of the ocean floor or the complexity of the human brain. The show focuses on works in egg-tempera and improvisational fresco - processes that relate to the birth of scientific inquiry and the history of visual art. Lechner earned her MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States with recent solo shows at Standard Space in Sharon, CT and Axle Contemporary in Santa Fe, NM. Based in New Mexico and Virginia, Lechner is an assistant professor of Studio Art at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg.

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