The Domestic Abuse Panorama
Amanda Jane Graham’s practice is a trajectory of self-reflection, personal narrative, and memoirs where the viewer completes the experience. It’s A Domestic Abuse Panorama is a frank reflection into Graham’s young life. With the passing of time, Graham comically responds to unpleasant aspects which played out in her childhood. This artwork allows a rethink to what constitutes domestic abuse, while at the same time acknowledging the courageous individuals who live with it, survive it and are not defined by it.
It’s A Domestic Abuse Panorama will be presented as both exhibition and working studio at Trans-art, 61 College St., Cavan. The artist is a recipient of the Bullock Lane Residency Award, the three month residency is a pilot project for her ethnographically informed research that will explore the role of the local arts centre in the community. Graham is in the process of securing ethical approval from the Research Ethics Committee at Maynooth University.
Opening times are 2-6 Saturday and Sunday from the 27th of January until the 18th of February.
About the Artist
Amanda Jane Grahams’ practice is a trajectory of self reflection, personal narrative, and memoirs where the viewer completes the experience. It involves delving into dreams and memory and using these memories of people, moments and incidents to create vastly sensitive, seductive and humorous fantasies that can be macabre and incredibly disturbing at the same time. The work changes what once might have been negatives into positives. The title also plays an important role because it directs the viewer into the thought processes at the time of making the work.
History, politics and the handmade process are essential to the practice. The traditional mediums of fine print, drawing and textiles are key to generating the visual representation that penetrates the unconscious memory of the observer, creating unconscious and organic emotive reactions. Personal memory, humour and traditional mediums are tactics that engineer collective sentiment, recollections and nostalgia. Emotive recall devises alliances and relationships between the private and collective memories of artist and audience.