artist Margery Amdur is known for her innovative use of cosmetic foam sponges
to create large-scale abstractions. Using a variety of geometrically shaped
sponges, Amdur cuts, arranges, and glues thousands on to an unstretched,
asymmetrical canvas backing. She works intuitively as she composes the dense
mass of sponges to create a patterned field of edges, shapes, and shadows. With
sponges attached, the flexible, wall-mounted canvas is further manipulated to
create undulating bulges and flowing crevices.
each sponge is also hand-painted. The applied paint, color, and sometimes
glitter are an embellishment to the soft fibrous quality of the sponges no
longer relegated to being simply a tool to apply makeup. Instead the
transformed, amassed sponges create what appears to be an imagined, densely
compacted urban landscape seen from an aerial perspective. Yet at the same
time, many of the 3-dimensional elements appear to be jagged rocks, crystalline,
and sometimes even lava like. Part architectural, part natural, Amdur’s
compositions bridge these two realms.
further underscore the patterns created by the 3-dimensional formations, Amdur
seamlessly incorporates 2-dimensional prints, digital scans of the off-white,
unpainted sponge constructions, within the overall composition. Using the
computer she hand-draws black outlines atop the edges created by the scanned sponge
constructions creating a graphic, 2-dimensional interpretation reminiscent of a
installation is saturated with an accumulation and repetition of elements,
patterns, and marks. The labor intensive quality is undeniable. Just like all
urban environments and natural landscapes, the passage of time is ever present.
Amdur has exhibited her work nationally and internationally and she has been
awarded numerous artist-in-residencies and grants for her artistic excellence.