Talented Canadian Illustrator Amanda Nedham using the only blessed pencil to create snapshots of someone’s mad dreams haunted by the strange creatures of nature and mankind.
Amanda Nedham has a degree in printmaking from OCAD. She creates large scale intricate drawings around sometimes dark subject matter; her most recent exhibition at LE Gallery in Toronto featured intricately drawn torture machines and mummies. Amanda acts as both an artist and anthropologist, guiding the viewer through detailed artistic work that explores heavily researched historical events.
The animal art around town is marked by a parallel interest in mortality. The animals are positioned as harbingers of death (the many monsters in the recent group show The Dazzle), are in peril of losing and/or past their lives (the last Duke & Battersby exhibition), or are worked decoratively into mortality symbols (Jennifer Murphy’s bird-and-skull assemblages come to mind). As a friend said to me over the past summer, a summer marked by too many deaths in Toronto’s cultural community: Everything feels very fragile.
The Animal Art: Illustrator Amanda Nedham: