AMANDA MARCHAND — THE WORLD IS ASTONISHING WITH YOU IN IT: A 21ST CENTURY FIELD GUIDE TO THE BRIDS, FERNS AND WILDFLOWERS
These are lumen prints – photograms made with black and white photo papers. This work employs three field guide books – Canadian birds, ferns and wildflowers. I mark/expose the photographic paper, making one mark per quadrant or half, with an edge of the respective Field Guide. The title of each image makes reference to an endangered or disappearing species (bird, fern, wildflower). I have been making the work in nature, at different residencies, and my family cabin, where the birds and ferns and wildflowers abound. This is a personal meditation – as each paper shifts color, slowly or quickly, in the variegated light of the sun.
PRINT INFORMATION: Archival Pigment Prints, Hand-cut | 2019 | 20”x16” image on 22”x18 sheet | Edition: 3+2AP.
My work grapples with what is raw and immutable in the human psyche, always with deep affection for our natural world. My investigations with photography come from a fascination with the medium itself, its malleability, as well as a dogged curiosity - often about something subtle, at a low register. All work begins with questions. The experimentation and figuring with materials that follows is a part of an inner syntax and poetics, distilling thoughts about time, impermanence, and our place in the universe. Recently the question, “Is it possible to photograph nothing?” has been a catalyst for new directions.
Amanda Marchand is a Canadian, Brooklyn-based photographer. Her work explores the human condition through the poetics of landscape. Marchand has completed many residencies: Studios at Mass MoCA, the MacDowell Colony, Headlands Center for the Arts, the Hermitage Artist Retreat among others. Her book “Night Garden” was published by Datz Press in 2015. Datz will also publish another monograph this summer. Her photographs have been exhibited internationally. A permanent installation of her work resides at the Glen MUHC Hospital in Montreal, Canada. Honors include Curator’s Choice at CENTER's Choice Awards and the Graduate Fellowship Award - San Francisco Art Institute. She is represented by Traywick Contemporary, CA.
For additional information about Amanda Marchand: www.amandamarchand.com