Amanda Rae's works are assemblages that investigate concern for ecological issues, the materials she uses are often experimental. The sculptures are drawn from a "found-object" cocktail of elements, forming assemblages that tell of man's conflict with nature.
Earlier works consist of mannequins within assemblage. Chosen for their unsettling representations of the human form and the disturbing sense of the unheimlich which they create, she has continued to use body forms in her work stating that "it echoes the multiple directions a piece may take in the act of self-organizing, the body forms have nothing to disguise themselves. What's left is a direct communication with viewer and a direct conversation between nature and people".
Through these sometimes surreal associations, she explores the sense of liminality inherent in the world, the constant flux that is experienced on a daily basis. Her starting point - a concept, thought or theme - is explored through a combination of form and material inviting thought from the viewer's perspective of that union. 'Nothing in the entire universe ever perishes, believe me, but things vary, and adopt a new form'. (Ovid, Metamorphoses)
I became a mature student and achieved a National Certificate in Art/Design and Craft at Shetland College. Going on to study in the Hebrides completing the 1st and 2nd year of the BA in fine art with Lews Castle College at Taigh Chearsabhagh North Uist. The environmental focus of the course was inspiring, looking closely at the physical landscape of the island, the use of materials as well as the elements of wind, water, and light, also mans intervention and place within the environment. Completing my Honors BA in Fine Art with The University of Highlands and islands of Moray College Elgin.
2012 The Threadneedle Prize Exhibition The Mall, Trafalgar Square, London SW1Y
Moray School of Art Moray Street, Scotland IV30 1J
Encompass Falcon Mill Bolton BL18BL
2011 Moray School of Art Moray Street,Scotland IV30 1J
Taigh Chearsabhagh,North Uist,Scotland HS6 5AA
73 Women,The Gallery,Edwards Lane,London N16 0JS.
2010 Moray School of Art Moray Street,Scotland IV30 1JJ
Art on the Map Taigh Chearsabhagh, Western Isles, HS6 5AA
Ceòlas South Uist, Outer Hebrides, Scotland HS8 5SS
Shetland Open Portrait Awards, Shetland ZE2 9LW
Scotlandart.com 193 Bath street, Glasgow G2 4HU
2009 Art on the Map Taigh Chearsabhagh, Western Isles, HS6 5AA
Nunton Steadings Outer Hebrides, Scotland HS7 5LA
An Lanntair Arts centre Outer Hebrides, Scotland HS1 2DS
2008 The University of the Arts,Broad Street,Philadelphia, PA
Mclellan Festival exhibition Isle of Arran, Scotland
Artist in Residence
Ceòlas July 2010 South Uist, Outer Hebrides, Scotland HS8