I’m fascinated with experimenting with technology and manipulating moving images as a way to explore themes of memory, environmentalism, and contemporary anxiety. Lately I’ve been looking at methods of pulling two dimensional forms of documentation like photography and video into three dimensional spaces to create ephemeral digital sculptures. The volumetric cinema pieces imitate software used for medical scanning and imaging, but instead this technique is used for attempts to flesh out the anatomy of a short video clip where time is both slowed and looped and every expression is solidified and melting into time based sculptural project. Additionally I’ve been experimenting with wrapping three dimensional objects in animation software with video “skins” which explore the way external environments haunt and shape the virtual.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Amanda VanValkenburg is a visual artist with a background in painting working primarily with digital media to investigate digitally mediated interactions between memory, projection, contemporary anxiety, and the relationship with technology and the environment. Her work has been exhibited in Times Square, New York, Salt Galata in Istanbul, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, Hong Kong Art Centre, Trumbullplex Detroit, Terminal in University of Austin Peay Elmhurst Museum, Mana Contemporary in Chicago, Woman Made Gallery, 6018 North Gallery, LeRoy Neiman Center, and screened at Over the Reel in Italy, the Gene Siskel Theater in Chicago, Experiments in Cinema in New Mexico, Nightingale Cinema, Links Hall, Filmfront, and the Chicago Digital Media Festival. She has been an artist in residence through High Concept Labs, Ox-bow, Ragdale and the Giancarlo DiTrapano Foundation.
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