Like Milk & Blood

Like Milk & Blood

Amanda Nedham

From November 24th to December 19th
Opening November 26th, 2010 from 7-10pm

Like Milk & Blood is a body of work which aims to establish contemporary mythologies through the consideration of dogs and horses as the dragons of history. Nedham focuses not only on their military utility, but also considers other animals in their roles as diplomatic currency. Nedham also attemps to anticipate an evolutionary trajectory where future biology is defined by extreme subservience. Interested in the way that animals can be used to trace human history, and exploiting their potential to show the capacity of humans to be brutal and deprave but also innovative and beautiful, here they are outfitted as artifact bodies. Continuing Nedham’s interest in following the threads of preservation, the work reflects a continuing fascination with textiles and their ability to unravel narrative.

Primarily concerned with the various taxonomic functions of history, Nedham’s works on paper exhibit a technical proficiency and enamoured exploration of natural history’s complex and overlapping structures. Through a process of abstraction based on the collaging of drawings, largely from television and internet sources, she attempts to focus on those moments that create tension as they challenge the governing voice of history. Nedham is the winner of the Ontario College of Art and Design’s Printmaking Medal. Her work has been exhibited in Toronto, Florence, and New York.