Wednesday, 18 April 2012
Many of Amanda’s works are assemblages and she explores often using many materials. 'Nothing in the entire universe ever perishes, believe me, but things vary, and adopt a new form'. (Ovid, Metamorphoses) Amanda’s starting point may be a concept, thought or theme, through which she explores a process of bringing together form and material that invites thought from the viewer’s perspective related to that union.
The use of mannequins within assemblage has become an important aspect in Amanda’s work due to their unsettling representations of the human form, the disturbing sense of the unheimlich which they create. Through these sometimes surreal associations, Amanda explores the sense of liminality inherent in the world, the constant flux that is experienced on a daily basis. The French ethnologist, Arnold van Gennep described these modulations as “liminality, the transitional time or condition in which one, or a group, or a territory, or the season, is not what it was and not what it will become, but something in between, something marginal, vague, and flexible”.