Amanda Nedham

Reviews

June 16th, 2016

Six Women Artists Celebrate the Power of the Cigarette

Amanda Nedham‘s sculptures transform cigarettes into Gumby-esque limbs, contorted and colored to resemble a perched ostrich in one piece, a mountain gorilla in another. The animals converge around a cigarette placed in a wooden box, a coffin of sorts...

June 1st, 2016

Smoke ‘Em if You Got ‘Em: “Frida Smoked” at INVISIBLE-EXPORTS

Like Getz’s cigarette collages, Amanda Nedham’s drawings also indicate the addiction of smoking and its relation to time, linking the daily need for a nicotine-fix with the urge to draw. With works like They burn everything here, which depicts an open pack of cigarettes next to a lighter, Nedham’s drawings sport frayed edges as if they were violently and suddenly ripped from a much-used private notebook. Through her paper’s worn imperfections, Nedham relates smoking with the enduring compulsion for artistic creation.

April 24th, 2012

Amanda Nedham at LE Gallery

Which is to say that the skull and scissors hanging off the immense chandelier make sense until you try to make sense of them. Or the tapestry-wrapped powerboat is rendered as perfectly normal and only unravels (in a good way) once you try to figure out the connection between the two. Which brings us to the third thing you notice which is that Nedham is messing with your mind.

April 21st, 2012

Amanda Nedham’s History of Violence

The show is called “Half Of Less Than Ten” — we’ll get to that — and as Nedham puts it, “it’s really about the pathology of desire.” Napoleon and Josephine are a tidy metaphor for the concerns she’s been working through most of her young career.

December 13th, 2010

Primal Urges: Amanda Nedham at LE Gallery

Those who know her work won't be surprised to find it once again locked in visceral critique with the human impulse for forced servitude to our animal-world workhorses -- dogs, of course, and, well, horses. Nedham's primary concern is a conceptual taxonomy of the man-beast relationship.

December 3rd, 2010

Demonic Meets Dainty in Amanda Nedham’s Animal Art

The demonic and the dainty have rarely been so expertly, unnervingly combined. You will gasp at Nedham’s imagery, and then take another hiccupping inhale over her masterful drafting skills.

January 16th, 2010

Chains, Garden Hoses and Brute Loveliness

In the back gallery – tucked away darkly as if in a cave – is Amanda Nedham’s sepulchral, operatic installation, Generals Always Die in Bed. Here, in a room that is both crude and brutal (it is roughly constructed of wood) and, at the same time, oddly ornate (the artist describes it as “Versaillesesque”), there is a massive wooden bed which is also, so it would appear (with restraints etc.), a torture machine.

January 16th, 2010

Art As Agenda

Toronto’s Nedham, already known for meticulous drawings on themes of cruelty and torture, here creates a large, ominously darkened room out of scrap wood. The opaqueness of Nedham’s technique – with even the room’s windows rendered in timber – ricochets off Deslauriers’ light, airy approach quite nicely.

January 14th, 2010

Whippersnappers No More?

She carries that forward in full-fledged physical form at Whippersnapper with Generals Always Die In Bed, a rough-hewn installation bashed together of reclaimed wood and leather straps. It would seem an unpleasant place to watch ones final moments slip away, but maybe that’s the point – just desserts for that militaristic urge to take, have and use. Brrr.

October 24th, 2009

The True North, Plastic and Dyspeptic

Nedham’s exhibition of delicate, dangerous, historically and anthropologically anointed drawings is almost as exhausting as it is exhilarating. It is exhilarating because her drawings are so ambitious, because she has attempted so much. It is exhausting because each of these exquisitely-wrought, superbly worked images is made to bear a ponderous weight of reading and research.

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April 27th, 2012

Amanda Nedham at LE Gallery

Everything I said about Nedham’s wunderkind status two years ago now goes double. She’s a raging force, a marvel, a new constellation. And can she draw! Call me Nostradamus.

December 15th, 2010

At LE Gallery

Her fastidious yet passionate crosshatching creates deep layers of tonality in the work. At times it seems earnestly precise, yet the feeling of painterly movement which is enhanced by the deep grooves into the soft paper, or even by the occasional uninterrupted smudge into the clean white background speak for Nedham’s dynamic inspirations.

December 14th, 2010

Amanda Nedham - Like Milk and Blood

Like Milk and Blood, the title of her current exhibition on now at Le Gallery, is a tour through Nedham’s amateur anthropological research as shown through the furry friends of humanity. The most common mammalian motifs in the show are predictably dogs and horses.

December 9th, 2010

Fine techniques at LE Gallery

Nedham, a rising star around these parts, has created some exquisite pencil drawings featuring animals and objects in strange configurations.

October 1st, 2010

Amanda Nedham in Bloodletting

The young artist’s almost accidentally persistent undercurrent of humour is most evident when you are privileged to watch as someone unsuspectingly inserts their hand past the folds of silk-screened fabric to experience over 600 hand sculpted polymer clay “teeth” in the body of this little headless beast.

November 25th, 2008

Artist Profile

Unpredictable incidents and marks, not unlike what happens with an etching plate, directly informed the next step as layers encrusted layers, serving to convolute the original meaning. It was the discovery of what emerged when the lines began to autonomously construct something altogether new that led me to the current incarnation of my work.