Amanda Rice

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A Spectacular Form of Amnesia, 2013 Video, Fog Machine, Installation Variable
A Spectacular Form of Amnesia, Detail, 2013 Layered Text, Household Paint, Fog Machine, Video V
A Spectacular Form of Amnesia, 2013 Video, Fog Machine, Installation Variable
A Spectacular Form of Amnesia, Video Still, 2013 Video Still
A Spectacular Form of Amnesia, 2013 Video Still
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Amanda Rice A Spectacular Form of Amnesia




A Spectacular form of Amnesia is a multi screen video installation comprising of long silent takes of the Alps at Obersalzburg, Germany. The work discusses the multiplicity of meanings and sense of place within what was once considered to be a landscape with a contentious past. During the 1930’s and 40’s the Alps of Obersalzburg became a refuge to the rightwing thinkers of World War Two offering a idyllic hideaway from the horrors of unfolding war in Europe at that time.

The films consider the region’s sense of place and narrative in terms of what meaning the land holds in present day. Many contributing factors allow for multiple narratives, seasonality for example allows for a shift in narrative: a hectic site of tourism en masse in summer; in winter a more solitary experience allowing for the exploration of the Alps almost from the dawn of time.

These films recorded in winter depict the Alps in slow moving fog referencing philosopher Edmond Burke’s theory on obscurity and the sublime; potential threats within the landscape are concealed by fog which in turn inspires a form of horror.

The viewer is invited to navigate around a silent terrain constructed of video, a layered text installation and physical fog within the exhibition space; further obscuring the viewer’s visibility. The work attempts to regain control and understanding of natural landmass and sensory perception within a constructed environment. 

“These virtual landscapes are placed in a darkened, fog-filled room, and the spectator is forced to navigate the space in order to view the two projections.... the work represents an intelligent and subtle exploration of this complex terrain, with its layers of overlapping ideology, history and aesthetics, standing as it does at the borders of the still and moving image, of history and memory, the real versus the virtual, and the sublime and the weak image” - Excerpt from “A Spectacular Form of Amnesia”, Exhibition Catalogue, by Dr John Mulloy



I am a visual artist currently working at National Sculpture Factory, Cork, Ireland. I hold a B.A (1st Class Hon’s in Fine Art) from the Crawford Collage of Art and Design (CIT 2008). On graduating I was awarded an Emerging Artist Award from Backwater Artist Group and a six month Membership Bursary from Cork Printmakers.

I have exhibited, nationally and internationally, selected exhibitions include 2013; A Spectacular Form of Amnesia, (Solo), the Customs House Gallery and Studios, Ireland 2012; Watching the River Flow, Curated by Sean Walsh, Centro de Artes, Portugal,Cutting a Doorcurated by Robert O Connor, Eastlink Gallery, Shanghai, 2011: CUBEOpen 2011 (work shortlisted for annual residency at CUBELab2012) at the CUBEGallery, Manchester, 2010; Backwater Twenty-10, Crawford Municipal Gallery, Cork, curated by Stephen Brandes.

I have participated in international residencies Takt Berlin, BIAP Platform China and Atelier Rondo Austria. Recent Awards include: Mayo County Council Bursary 2013/2012, Irish Arts Council Travel and Training Award 2011/2012, Culture Ireland Exhibition Award 2011 and Cork City Council Twinning Award 2011.  Forthcoming projects include AIR Krems, Austria followed by a solo exhibition at Kunstraumarcade, Modling-Vienna, November 2013.

My work can be found in the collections of Cork City Council (2012) and CIT (2008) and a variety of private collections. Commissioned works include the Key Stone Project in association with the National Sculpture Factory at the Bodega Cork. (2009)




2004-2008:          BA Hons Fine Art/Distinction, Crawford College of Art and Design, Cork.

2006-2006            Socrates Exchange Program: North Karelian Polytechnic of Art, Joensuu, Finland


Solo/Two Person Shows

2013       Forthcoming: Title TBC, (Solo), Kunstraumarcade, Mödling-Vienna, Austria

2013        A Spectacular Form of Amnesia (Solo)The Customs House Studios, Westport, IRE

2009       At Your Service (Solo) The Patrick St Gallery, Cork, IRE

2009       Seconds (Solo) The Backwater Studios, Cork, IRE

2009       The Kitchen Table,(Two Person) Art Trail-Rediscovering Locality, 24 Nicholas Street, Cork, Ire

Selected Group Shows

2014       Forthcoming: International Contemporary Art Symposium, Neustadt an der Weinstrasse, Germanyk.

2013       Forthcoming: NLA IV, Irish Museum of Contemporary Art (IMOCA), Dublin, Ireland

2013       Nature Mort(e) Curated by Anna Urbas, Atelier Hirt-Haus, Scheifling, Austria

2013       Rondo @ Rondo, Curated by Peter Wolf, ORF Funkhausgalerie, Graz, Austria

2012       Winter Show, Customs House Studios, Westport, Co. Mayo, IRE

2012       Watching the River Flow, Curated by Sean Walsh, Centro de Artes, Coimbra, Portugal

2012       Summer Selection, The Customs House Studios, Westport, Co. Mayo, IRE

2012       Claremorris Open 2012, Curated by Mike Collier, Claremorris, Co. Mayo, IRE

2012       WEARECCP// This is Culture Night Transmission, Sample Studios, Cork, The Customs House, Westport,                  IRE, Listhus Artspace Ólafsfjörður, Iceland, and Kaleidoskop, Berlin.

2012       Manifest, Selected by Mike Fitzpatrick, Kinsale Arts Week, Cork, IRE

2012       Cutting a Door, Curated by Robert O’ Connor, Eastlink Gallery, Shanghai, China

2012       Now that’s what I call Praxis, Selected by Kevin O’ Keefe and Noelle Collins, Occupy Space, Limerick, IRE

2011       CUBEOpen,CUBEGallery, Manchester, UK

2011       Floorplan, Off Site Temporary Project, Caochangdi Art Village, Beijing, CN

2011       A Conversation Amongst End Points, Three Person Show, The Don Gallery, Shanghai, CN

2011       Dia de los Muertos, Curated by Sandra Ann Minchin, Galway Bay Tattoo Gallery, IRE

2011       Living in Interesting Times, Curated by Mick O Shea, Tom Barry’s, Cork, IRE

2010       Impressions 2010, Selected by John Hewitt, Galway Arts Centre, Galway, IRE

2010       Backwater Twenty 10, Curated by Stephen Brandes and Vera Ryan, Crawford Municipal Gallery, Cork, IRE

2010       Cruciverbal, Curated by Fiona Kelly, Cork Contemporary Projects, The Space, Cork, IRE

2010       Engage Arts Festival, Curated by Edel O’ Reilly and Liam Slevin, Weir St, Bandon, Cork, IRE

2010       For the Love of Offset, Curated by Shane O’ Driscoll, South Studios, Dublin, IRE

2010       The Little Picture Show, The Crow Gallery, Temple Bar, Dublin, IRE

2009       The Abject Fantastic, Three Person Show, James Barry Space, Bishopstown, Cork, IRE

2009       Exchange Six, Touring Show, Print Zero Studios, Seattle, US and Montreal, Canada

2008       Soup, Crawford College of Art and Design Degree Show, Cork City, IRE

2007       Margin 18 x 21, OPW, St. Stephan’s Green, Dublin, IRE

2007       ACD3, Ordinary Degree Show, ESB Substation, Caroline St, Cork, IRE



2013       Forthcoming: Stipend Residency: AIR-Krems, Austria.

2013       Forthcoming: Artist in Residence: Cill Riailig, Co. Kerry, Ireland

2013       Scholarship from Province of Styria: Rondo Studios, Graz, Austria

2012       Artist in Residence: Customs House Studios, Westport, Co. Mayo, Ireland.

2011       Artist in Residence: CCD 300, Caoghangdi, Beijing, China.

2011       Artist in Residence: BIAP Platform China Residency Program, Beijing, China.

2010       Artist in Residence: Takt Program, Grünberger Straβe, Berlin, Germany.

2007       Workshop: Curatorial Practice, Louis Biggs, Director-Tate Liverpool/Liverpool Biennale 2008



2013       Mayo County Council Exhibition Bursary

2012       Shortlisted for Wexford Emerging Artist Award

2012       Visual Arts:Travel and Training Award, Irish Arts Council

2012       Mayo County Council Materials Bursary

2011       Shortlisted for Manchester CUBELab Residency 2012

2011       Visual Arts:Travel and Training Award, Irish Arts Council

2011       Culture Ireland Award

2011       Cork City Council Twinning Award

2008       Cork Printmakers Six Month Membership Bursary           

2008       Backwater Artists Group Studio Bursary

2008       CIT Purchase Prize


2012:     Cork City Council, Permanent Collection.

2009:     St Peters Market, Key Stone Project, in association with the National Sculpture Factory, The Bodega, Cork.

2008:     Cork Institute of Technology, Permanent Collection.

Catalogues/Publications /Article

2013       The Mountain ISSUE 14, Supermassive Blackhole Magazine, Article, Edited by Barry W   Hughes.

2013       Unborrowed From the Eye, A Spectacular Form of Amnesia, Exhibition Catalogue, Essay by Dr John Mulloy

2013       Interview, Westport Community Radio, with Breda Burns and Grainne O’ Reilly.

2013       This is Pseudo Nature, The Visual Artists News Sheet, June-July Edition, Articleby Amanda Rice

2013       Trains, Planes, Automobiles and... Mountains, By Ciara Moynihan Mayo News, June 2013

2013       Im Rondo, Evelyn Haberl, Kulturnews Letter Feb 13’, Kulturservice Steiermark, On-Line Publication

2012       Now That’s What I call Praxis, Reviewed by Susan Holland, Occupy Paper, Edition 7.

2012       Face to Face, Midlands Arts and Culture Magazine.

2012       Regional Perspectives-The West, Aideen Barry, Visual Artists News Sheet, Jan-Feb Edition

2011       Suburban Hotchpotch, Midlands Arts and Culture Magazine, Spring Edition.

2011       A Conversation Amongst Endpoints, Catalogue,The Don Gallery

2010       Irish Examiner, Twenty Years a Growing, Vera Ryan, March 2010

2010       Backwater Twenty 10, Catalogue, The Crawford Municipal Gallery, Cork

2010       In Conversation with Allyson Keehan, Blue Studio Berlin, Publication

2009       Art Trail- Rediscovering Locality 2009 Catalogue

2009       Art Trail Rediscovering Locality Review Catalogue