Amy Trachtenberg

Trachtenberg’s work spans a multidisciplinary practice grounded in painting that includes sculpture, installation, public projects, and collaboration with architecture, poetry, and theater design. Her interest in the consequences of material culture and actions of intuitive processes are explored within grammars of abstraction.

Drawing upon several dyeing and printing techniques, her work references but mis-quotes traditional textiles and found objects. Studio drop cloths holding traces from painted history of prior works are cut up and stitched into the paintings. In some of Trachtenberg’s work, she’s layered combinations of manufactured textiles with fragments of clothing, bike tubes, upholstery, bedding, and construction materials erasing divides between painting and sculpture.

Her habits of repairing, patching, collecting, and up-cycling the discarded remains of material excess is a lifelong habit that feeds her practice. Exploring the languages of color and surface pattern, Trachtenberg employ experimental printmaking processes on various substrates such as wood, cloth, and ceramics. In a material alchemy these hybrid works are conduits for reflecting tensions and fluidity..

Recent group and solo exhibitions include Covered in Sky at The Luggage Store, Fundamental Complications at Root Division, Waiting for the Barbarians at Right Window/ATA in San Francisco, Dumbbell, David Ireland and his Circle at Anglim Gilbert Gallery, Found/Made at The San José Museum of Quilts and Textiles.

Her work is in public collections including The Berkeley Art Museum/PFA, The Achenbach Collection of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, The San José Museum of Art, The Crocker Museum and The Haitian Embassy in Paris. Beyond the studio, Trachtenberg is involved with installations and collaborations including the recent 1000’ – long integrated ceramic tile artwork for a new BART Station called Ecstatic Voyaging in Silicon Valley, CA.

Residencies include Lucas Artists at Montalvo Arts Center, KALA Arts, The Mesa Refuge and the Symposium of Contemporary Art in Angoulême, France. She received a BA in French and Liberal Studies from Cal State University at Sonoma and the Diplôme des Arts Plastiques from L’Ecole Nationale Superièure des Beaux-Arts in Paris where she lived for six years. Based in the Bay Area, she lives and works in San Francisco. Trachtenberg has been represented by Catharine Clark Gallery since 2021.