Amanda Dunsmore works in art processes that explore representations of societal transformation through contextual portraiture and social historic projects. Her artworks utilize media such as video, sound, photography and installation.
Amanda’s accumulative legacy practice examines place, people and moments of political significance. Underlying her work is an interest in reconfiguring the boundaries of portraiture, repositioning it using 21st century technology. Her art practice focuses on long term / time based projects, such as Becoming Christine, Plan and Keeper the latter having extended over 20 years.
Becoming Christine in partnership with Christine Beynon, curated by Liz Burns. An exhibition based on the lived experience of Christine Beynon. The new publication; Becoming Christine - accompanies this ongoing body of work involving, sound, video portraiture and represented selfies. These ‘selfies’ follow Christine Beynon’s journey and transition over 12 years. The narrated sound artwork is a result of a collaborative partnership between the artist and Christine. Amanda recorded a series of conversation between herself and Christine – where Christine described her journey to becoming a woman.
Plan is an artwork of cultural evolutionary markers that commenced in 1997. The artwork consists of 900 enamelled street signs, 450 different street names dating from 1910. These names are a time line signifying 20th century central european cultural and political upheaval.
Keeper is a continually developing, accumulative legacy project that started in 1999 and is comprised of social and political portraits reflecting specific points in the history of Northern Ireland.
Amanda's artworks can be found in private and public collections such as ACC Galerie, Germany & The Museum of the Red Cross, Genève, Switzerland. Amanda is a lecturer & programme leader in Sculpture & Combined Media at Limerick School of Art & Design, LIT. firstname.lastname@example.org