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NJCU Galleries: Surface Tension by Amanda Thackray

 Image of colorful handmade paper nets compiled in huge installation across a white gallery wall resembling a swarm

September 10, 4pm-7pm

Amanda Thackray’s solo exhibition, Surface Tension, presents the artist’s handmade paper installations, prints and sculpture that comment on plastic pollution and the fragility of the natural marine environment. The exhibition reflects and distorts the world of our oceans inside the gallery space.

Image of handmade paper netting in orange to red gradient blossoming into a round shape.

Through Thackray’s allegorical environments the exhibition asks the audience to consider the consequences of unnatural materials in our marine ecosystems. There is an intentional, and somewhat uncomfortable, play between the natural and the unnatural . She extends this shift into the aquatic world with her paper pulp net pieces, crafting them to resemble fishing nets and plastic material adrift in our oceans. Her pieces are purposeful symbols of how we can choose to do things differently and create with nature, instead of working against it.

For more information on Amanda Thackray’s work please visit

Harold B. Lemmerman Gallery

Hepburn Hall, Room 323

2039 Kennedy Blvd.

Jersey City, NJ 07305

The Harold B. Lemmerman Gallery is located in Hepburn Hall at 2039 John F. Kennedy Blvd, Jersey City on the 3rd floor, Room 323. Walking distance from the West Side Ave Light Rail Station. Pay parking is available on the main campus. Please visit our website for more information or email

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