ARTISTS / Amanda Airs

“Through installation-based practices I explore the extension of painting in space. Fabricated materials such as nylon wire and synthetic wool are arranged and suspended in space and are used to mimic formal qualities present in flat abstract painting. With colour, line and angle I investigate optical illusion, in particular perception of motion and spatial ambiguity.

 

My investigation into optical illusion has resulted in creating experiential installations where the viewer must pass through the space to perceive the optical effects. The presence of the viewer in the space has led me to question the relationship between the figure (the viewer) and the abstract installation. 

  

The work itself is influenced by my personal experience of travelling through the landscape. In particular, travelling by train or car through country New South Wales where large-scale clearing of land has resulted in a barren landscape littered by dead trees, still standing but grey in colour. Seen from a moving vehicle, the dead trees create an illusion of criss-crossing verticals.

 

Using exaggerated elements such as vibrant colour and repetition of line I hope to present a heightened experience of what one might encounter whilst travelling through the landscape. By translating this into a gallery installation I hope to activate the act of looking and sensory perception.” Amanda Airs, 2010.

 

Born in 1981 in Uralla, NSW, Amanda recently completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Painting (with Distinction) at RMIT University Melbourne. She has held a number of solo exhibitions including Shallow Matter, Upstairs @ the Napier ARI, Melbourne (2011); Beach Box Blue, Blindside ARI, Melbourne (2010) and Take Off Project, Melbourne International Airport, Melbourne in 2009/2010, a collaborative project between First Tax and Duty Free, Melbourne International Airport and RMIT University School of Art Galleries. She has also participated in group exhibitions including Triangle Pony, Kings ARI, Melbourne (2012); Colour Shift, Seventh ARI, Melbourne (2011) and Unconformity, A House Project, Melbourne, curated by Anabelle Lacroix (2011).

 

 

Amanda and is one of the founding members of Make+Shift+Projects Collective. Described as an ARI without a venue, the project is a collaboration between artists concerned with spatial ambiguity and optical illusion. 

 

Full CV

 

http://amandaairs.blogspot.com.au/

Works

Rip Hue 2012 by Amanda Airs

Rip Hue  2012

acrylic paint

approx. 180 x 380 cm

Rip Hue - detail 2012 by Amanda Airs

Rip Hue - detail  2012

Rip Hue 2012 by Amanda Airs

Rip Hue  2012

opening night

Rip Hue 2012 by Amanda Airs

Rip Hue  2012

opening night

Rip Hu 2012 by Amanda Airs

Rip Hu  2012

opening night

EXHIBITIONS

Amanda Airs - Rip Hue

Amanda Airs - Rip Hue

28.04.2012 to 26.05.2012