Amanda Church

In Road, 2012, oil on canvas, 72" x 80"

In Road, 2012, oil on canvas, 72″ x 80″

 

Foam, photograph

Foam, photograph

I have been thinking lately about image and self-image and also perception and misperception. These thoughts have led to the distorted silhouettes I have been depicting in recent paintings: bodies without heads, with deformed limbs and ambiguous genitalia, either on their own or in pairs. These are not meant to horrify; on the contrary they are alluring in their strange eroticism. The first in this series was In Road, 2012, oil on canvas, 72 x 80″, which was taken from a photo I took at the end of a beautiful beach day. Since then I have been working from photos I have either taken or found, using them essentially as starting points until there is often little left of them in the resulting paintings. –Amanda Church, 2012

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