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About Amanda

I graduated with a BA in studio art from Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia. I am currently getting my MFA from the Mount Royal school of multidisciplinary art at Maryland Institute College of Art. My work is mostly interactive and collaborative. The viewers involvement is intrinsically physical and neural. My recent projects teeter between twisted audience manipulation and caregiving. Most of my work seeks to provide a salving and corrective experience for human conditions, usually by way of... more

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memory foam, hand-dyed silk organza, hand-dyed rayon, hand-dyed cotton, white polyester, dried lavender, dried chamomile, flaxseed, dried dirt, marble dust, Apple desktop, potted Aloe plant, onion, quartz, lapis pyramid

Interested in our increasingly close bond with our electronics, I created a sort of spa like environment in a gallery setting where the viewer receives a guided meditation by an Aloe plant with a Seri (Samantha) voice through the cultural monolith of the Mac computer. My life is such that fitting yoga and meditation into my daily schedule is sometimes easier if I do it through an online platform which I pay for monthly and can practice at my own convenience. But then as I am bowing to the Mac computer, chanting, and even saying “Namaste” I think about what a perversion this is of the eastern tradition.

Say Love V. Luv

Love is a powerful word. It is also loaded and tied to strong emotions. Luv is a modern take on the word love. It is pronounced the same but it holds different connotations. It is used in a more casual and loose manner than the word love. A contributor to urban dictionary defines luv as “a casual way of saying you really like someone without freaking them out by saying I love you. Commonly used by people early on in relationships, where it is too soon to say I love you.”

“Love v. Luv” is a study on how different people say these words. When I record, I ask the person to think of the feeling of each word as they speak them. The frequency and volume with which different people say the words changes the peaks and valleys of the form. A pattern emerges, but every love & luv is different. This is a very rational approach to understanding an emotionally charged subject matter.

There is a lot to be observed in the ways people differentiate these words. I try not to ascribe too much meaning to the way the word has been spoken, but I do make notes and observations about the person’s form of “love” and “luv” based on my knowing them and other circumstances surrounding my relationship to them.

I am interested in the multiple transformations that take place through this process. The word goes from written form to spoken sound which is translated into a string of data that is used to create a form and then that is milled from a yoga block. The block is used in yoga to support the body in uncomfortable positions to let it relax more into a pose. Language is supported by the body, and here I have create a mutual relationship in which the body can be supported by language.

In this installation of “love vs luv” I installed the words which have been carved by a CNC router with a pile of what remains from love and luv along with an instruction for a heart exercise.

Virtual Votives: Unsolicited Offerings

In this performance, each time a new tweet with the word “painful” is received, an electronic candle automatically lights up (for 2 seconds) for that tweet. The idea that there is an undiscriminating machine praying for all pains, big or small, physical or emotional is of interest to me here. It is no more a choice on the part of the person tweeting to be prayed for as it is for the altar to be lighting offerings for those peoples’ pains.
As I meditate on the painful tweets that are coming in, I make an offering by touching my forehead (or third eye) to an i-pad, which triggers a new 3-d model of a vestal. Mateo Marquez participated by writing the code for this trigger and using a video mixer to create visual feedback. I composed the sound using recordings of my voice and cell phone tones. The volume increases with each tap of my third eye to the I-pad.

Chromacure

Chromacure is an ap that administers color therapy depending on the condition or ailment you select. It is based on research I did on color therapy. Each color sequence cycles through a few different colors, beginning and ending with white. While You Wait (chromacure) is an installation that resembles a doctors office waiting room. An audio instructional plays in the room on loop of how to use the ap while you “wait”. In hospitals and doctors offices, waiting times are obscene. The question of waiting for healing is of importance here, and in this situation, the viewer waits on a doctor who will never actually materialize, and receives treatment that may or may not be suitable for his or her needs.

Bed = Island

In much of my work I am investigating our human relationships with machines and technology. My work analyzes societies’ closeness to devices - and their ability to heal or curb loneliness, pain, stress,

anxiety, ect. within us, while also assessing the increasing feeling of the loss of self in an advanced technological society (hence the surge of “self-help” and therapy industries with their quest for wholeness and centeredness). What effects (positive or negative) will devices have on the human body and psyche? We are now able to know the physical self in ways which were once very hard to imagine. We can track our heart rate, steps we take, hours of sleep, ect. all through a bracelet that communicates with an ap on our phone. While we are becoming closer to knowing certain aspects of the human body better, there is an increasing separation between body and self.

"Love Bed" is created out of the vocal waves of 60 people saying love. I create a topography out of language on which the body is able to absorb the meaning through touch rather than sound or site. In this resort, Bed=Island, all kinds of love is available through the most simple interactions - lying, sitting, standing, breathing. It is a product that can be misted on and absorbed through the skin as rosewater in an atomizer. On one hand, I naively hope and sort of believe that this is possible, and on the other I am commenting on the simplification of intimacy in our digital age, and healing in the new age.

  • Light Body: Touch

    The feeling of confinement with being in intimate relationships is one that often scares us away. There is a fear of becoming too comfortable, a fear of getting too close too fast, a fear of being objectified or conversely, fear of objectifying. In “Light Body: Touch”, I am addressing these relational fears and approaching the subject of exploitative objectification with my own body. The massage chair is one that is seen in many airports and malls, where people can stop and be touched by another on their way to their next destination.
  • Supported Heart

    This was a yoga and meditation workshop in conjunction with the “Bed=Island” installations in Maryland Art Place geared towards opening the heart using the yoga blocks from "Love Bed".

Inner Mappings

I like to make maps of the unseen territory of the human psyche, uncovering and laying bare a mystery that lies beneath layers of skin and dirt.

  • Reward Center

    “Reward Center” is a series of prints made by taking scans of my bed after making love, and splitting the 3-d scan into layers in order to create topographic maps. These visualizations of love, created by two amorous bodies in motion, can be looked at as landscapes or maps of the brain in love.
  • Vega Baja

    This relief is taken from Google Earth over Vega Baja in Puerto Rico where numerous cache's of cocaine and money are said to be buried. The story has many in this economically recessed country hunting for the buried treasure, following the stories on blind faith alone.
  • El Tesoro

    This is a short preview of a documentary made in Colombia, South America about a man in search of buried gold.

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