Amanda Rhodenizer’s work calls upon painting’s capacity to conjure both contemporary and historical narratives. Her constructed scenes exist in “liminal” spaces – with their futures unknown and their pasts removed from view. From surrealist motifs to more cinematic scenes, these open-ended narratives engage with ideas of home and permanence, invasiveness and transience.
Amanda grew up surrounded by historic sites on Nova Scotia’s South Shore, where her ancestors first settled more than 250 years ago. Critically engaging with her family’s colonial links to the past has served as a starting place for much of her work.
For the past few years she has also been inspired by real estate imagery, and the recent rise in popularity of short-term rental services. Amanda hopes to explore how trends in Canadian real estate may limit or expand our relationship with access to and ownership over the Canadian landscape. Whether constructing her scenes three-dimensionally with models and props in rented spaces, or create collages in Photoshop, she tries to tap in to the potential of these places to be seen as stages for contemporary narratives. Throughout her work, Amanda seeks to emphasize a tension between what is depicted and what is missing from view.
Born in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia Amanda currently lives and works in Waterloo, Ontario. She earned a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 2006, and an MFA from the University of Waterloo in 2014. Solo exhibitions of her work have been held most recently at ARTsPLACE Artist-Run Centre in Annapolis Royal, NS, and Open Sesame and Rotunda Gallery, both in Kitchener, ON. Her work has also been included in numerous group exhibitions, notably at Art Mûr (Montréal), the Orillia Museum of Art & History (Orillia) and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia (Halifax). In 2017 she was awarded a residency at the Doris McCarthy Artist-in-Residence Centre at Fool’s Paradise, located on the Scarborough Bluffs.
Amanda wishes to thank the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation for their generous support of her work. She also wishes to thank the Waterloo Region Arts Fund for their support of her work, and especially of her upcoming collaboration with poet Laurie D. Graham; a book entitled The Larger Forgetting – paintings and poetry inspired by Waterloo Region’s changing landscape.