Role Play

Amanda Dow Thompson's avatar Amanda Dow Thompson

Role Play is a triptych. Each of the three pieces has been hand carved from a single block of wood, then adorned with media usually used in painting. The juxtaposition of the decorative and delicate with the sturdy and robust intentionally obfuscates. I hope viewers will question what is before them and struggle to categorize the work. In the past I have focused on personae and pantomime, with roles that women are forced to conform to in order to succeed or survive; this piece is less coy, less apologetic, more brazen. I am fascinated by the complexities and contradictions within the individual and with their transformation over time. Role Play is more muscular, “masculine” than my previous work, the larger pieces reveal how fragile external form can house internal sinuous, steel. Consumed particularly with the often violent conflict surrounding female sexuality, references to the semiotics of gender roles are exposed. Ultimately, this piece is a tribute to women in all their forms.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 7inches
  • Medium: carved wood
  • Width: 7inches
  • Year created: 2016
  • Height: 85 inches