Cercado offers shelter and solace to all who enter, especially those who are autistic or have sensory needs. “As an autistic artist, I wanted to create a piece for other autistics, as we are a community not often considered in the design of public spaces,” says Martínez. Within the structure, visitors may notice a subtle difference in sound, and can engage in sensory “stimming,” or gentle, repetitive touch of the central cast object.
Cercado” means “ring, fence, or enclosure.” Amanda Martínez’s Cercado, woven from discarded tree branches and other plant matter, was conceived as an open circular structure that functions as both a sculpture and a sensory space.
Amanda completed her BFA at Kansas City Art Institute. Her work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions in galleries, museums, and fairs internationally. She has lectured at Pratt Institute, the School of Visual Arts, and various other institutions, and founded the Autistic Artist Alliance in 2022. She has been awarded residencies across the U.S., and has received grants from the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation and the Autistic Women & Nonbinary Network.