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WINDOW SPACE| Amanda Houchen | Dschungel
03/02/2015 - 04/03/2015
In this series of work, Amanda explores the nature of performance and the self as artwork; inspired by Weimar Berlin and Vaudeville characters, seeking to cast them in a new environment.
The key drive behind her work is a fascination with individuals playing out a role in order to exist in an idealised form. These characters are ephemeral; existing at the time in which they’re recognised by others and belonging to artificial constructions of their own devising. They display a dedication to the present moment of enacting a role and their appearance seeks to transcend any particular era.
Influences range from German expressionism; Ludwig Kirchner and Die Brücketo early set design. She is interested in exploring the possibilities and limitations of paint and how applying it in particular ways can call into question certain fundamental concepts such as space, time and identity.
Amanda lives and works in London and graduated in 2014 with an MA in Fine Art from City & Guilds School for Art.