Amanda Dow Thompson
University of London, 1984, 1987
My work explores the relationship between reality and illusion. I am constantly wrestling with the contradictory themes of individuality and conformance, exploring one's sense of identity. Solid pieces illuminated in the flickering light of the video, create temporary, translucent marks. Marks that flicker, spin and dissolve, whisper or shriek according to light, time and the viewer’s perspective. There is a sense of metamorphosis; as pieces which start as replication, spare and unadorned, begin to flesh out in layer, abundance and color. With obsessive repetition, and as the lines between positive and negative blur, the sculptures, more air than matter, create a world where shadow is more vivid than solid, where the transient is more evocative than the permanent and where individuality battles conformity. Above all, the work asks the viewer to consider whether the beguiling can have as much resonance as the truth.