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Amanda Kartes, Ceramics/Installation

distressed and broken white dishes, cracked and scattered
Tuesday, October 6, 2020 - 11:00am
Online Event/Virtual


Artist Statement

In my world, food is not meant for the dinner table; its true home lies in the shadows under my bed or in the dimly lit kitchen while my family rests silently in their rooms. In the installation, The Dining Room, I have created a space that reflects my mind, crowded with the constant thought of when, where, and what I will eat next. As a child, getting caught in the act of consumption felt as though a horrible crime was being committed, the climax of a horror movie where the worst of someone had been discovered. In the privacy of my room, there was freedom to gorge on the forbidden fruit momentarily, until the act was uncovered.

Within my multi-media installation, I confront my disordered relationship with eating, its intricate connection to societal expectations, and my family’s own perception of food as it relates to body image. The paintings display the places where food was hidden, or consumed in private, and directly juxtapose with the public dining room; they question the validity of the 3D space, for they are filled with food, while the table lays bare.

Creating discomfort is the crux of my work, taking a familiar space and distorting it to contradict the preconceived emotions tied to the objects within. Contrasting a grotesque narrative with appealing aesthetics, the installation utilizes strategies of a shifted scale and a broken appearance to subliminally create a feeling of unease. It is a dining room that has no purpose, a space distant from its original role, a representation of my warped perception towards food and where it belongs.

Image: The Dining Room (Detail). Ceramic, wood, papier-mâché / Variable dimensions



Artist Talk Series, Fall 2020

This fall the Western Gallery will be showcasing the culminating work of the 10 Bachelor of Fine Arts ("BFA") artists from the 2020 Spring cohort in the exhibition "In-Site: A New Realism." Due to the pandemic, this exhibition was postponed from the spring quarter to the fall of 2020. We are pleased to install the dynamic bodies of work that exemplify the perseverance of the artists during a challenging final spring quarter.

The week of Oct. 5, the exhibiting artists will give talks accessible via Zoom and Facebook Live. We invite the community to join these virtual presentations. We will host a Q & A with the artist in the gallery as part of the presentation. To join us for the talks, please register for the talks by selecting any of the events listed on this page. Each event will have a registration link.