Kindred Harvest: Frame of Mind Solo Exhibition 2011-12
“Kindred Harvest”, new works by Amanda Ladymon
kin·dred   [kin-drid] noun or adj:
a person's relatives collectively; kinfolk; kin.
b.group of persons related to another; family, tribe, or race.
har·vest   [hahr-vist] noun:
5. the result or consequence of any act, process, or event.
Having recently tied the knot, my husband and I are weaving a new path and creating our own family, which makes me reflect back on my family and its many generations of strong women who held it together. This body of work investigates the many complexities of family and the roles played within those relationships. The mother and child bond and reproductive process is one strong influence on this work. Our upbringing affects us all, especially in determining what kind of person we turn out to be. Within this body of work, there are many photographic images used to reflect on my family’s past – all the photographs and drawings were acquired directly from my family albums. The many shapes and organic drawings interspersed amongst the photographic images represent the connective energy between each person, whether it was the memory of loving or possibly more of a longing. The use of circular forms continues to symbolize the connective relationship we have with one another in a biological or conceptual sense.
Another theme I have touched on is the idea of how each moment and decision in life affects another. While I generally feel repulsed by the images and ideas of war, I cannot deny the fact that if WWII hadn’t happened, I wouldn’t exist. World War II was a monumental turning point in America, in which millions of families were created due to strangers meeting and falling in love. My grandparents had such a story. They met while he was recovering from a broken back after his plane crashed. He was a southern boy from Georgia and she was an adventurous, strong-willed California girl. With every little decision, mistake, and circumstantial event, they met and created a family. This sequence of events eventually lead to my birth and the strong influence their marriage continued to have on me throughout my adolescence and early adulthood.
I dedicate this exhibition to my grandparents, who were always like a second set of parents to me. I owe a lot of my determination and self-discipline to my Papa, while I owe my outspoken nature and stubbornness to my Gran. They always supported my creative side with love and encouragement.
The exhibition is comprised of mixed media paintings on wood panel and on paper. I used a new photo transfer method in incorporating old photographs, dating back to the early 1920's through the 1980's. Incorporating biological drawings, I am creating a metaphorical dialogue between the event or person in the photo and what is being implied through form and line. While it ranges from subtle to obvious, the shapes are consistently referring to reproductive processes in the female body, starting from the cellular level.
Upstairs at FOM, a special mixed-media assemblage and found object installation occupies part of the loft space. Life in so many ways, is much like a game of parcheesi. So many decisions, mistakes, or unexpected encounters happen with just the "toss of the dice". Each decision one player makes will inevitably affect the other players. I feel that life parallels this "game" in that for every action, there is an effective chain of events that lead to everything else, whether we win or lose. Over twenty-five altered cigar boxes, hang suspended and glowing from the inside. Each box contains photographic images layered with maps and other images, revealing an important clue as to where the photo was taken, or perhaps what memories are tied with that person or specific event taking place in the photo. Some of the boxes are connected with a line of string to different areas on the game board, signifying the connection between not only the people, but the events themselves.