And what is the use of a book,” thought Alice, “without pictures or conversation?” (Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll)
Amanda Denny is a London based photographic artist and visual storyteller working with both analogue and digital image making processes. All of her practice now deals with the interplay of image, literature and archival documentary material in order to create new narratives. That ‘fickle friend’ memory, the imbrication of time and connections co-joined by chance circumstances tend to be at the start of her projects. Her practice explores issues of our mental spaces, including urban living, solitude versus loneliness, social stigmas and conflicted choice. She is also concerned with the pressures of achievement especially when ‘happiness’ becomes another tick box and something to judge by, it misses the point. She believes that stories can help you exist in the world and by producing narrative spaces you can respond to everyday life and the social environment. There is the story and then there is the meaning to be got from it through the gaps, juxtapositions and conversations.
The photo book and the development of photo-text are core to her practice as is creating tangible, tactile artwork that is designed to be viewed in person not on screen, and are not quick reads. Amanda’s work is held in private collections and she has been exhibited in group shows worldwide. She holds a BA (Hons) in Literature and History and graduated from the University of Westminster in 2019 with a BA (Hons) in Photography. She is currently part of the Modern Art Oxford “Activating our Archives: Community Dialogues” group project responding to the COVID-19 lockdown and is participating in The Book as Frame online workshop at the ICP in New York to develop her understanding of the medium and its potentialities.
Her new gently collaborative work in progress, started in the time of coronavirus is called Meanwhile and derives from multiple readings of the Mary Oliver poem Wild Geese. ‘Whoever you are are, no matter how lonely, / the world offers itself to your imagination …’
Her book No Place Like Home 2018 was shortlisted for the La Fabrica and Photo London Dummy Book Award 2019 http://www.lafabrica.com/bookdummyaward/shortlist2019.html