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.