Amanda Bromfield

Exhibitions

Information about my recent and upcoming exhibitions.

Temple of Fashion

This Exhibition is the culmination of an eight week Artist in Residency at the Canberra Potter's Society in Watson. ACT.

Amanda went to Canberra to locate and study the fashion designs of Maggie Shepherd. Maggie Shepherd began her career in the early 1980's. Maggie built a fashion empire which exported Australian women's fashion to the world.

This body of work is Amanda's reaction to the wonderful and colourful designs of one of Australia's most dynamic fashion designers - Maggie Shepherd.


Location: Canberra Potter's Society, I Aspinall St, Watson. ACT
From : Thu, Jan 19th, 2017 10:00 am
To: Sun, Feb 5th, 2017 4:00 pm

Gone Girl

This is an installation dedicated to the memory of the women who have suffered domestic violence.

On the 29th September 2016 there were 49 women in Australia who had died as a result of domestic violence. Gone Girl is a memorial to these women.

The Gone Girl Video has been created.

Thank you to the people of Ballina, NSW. The Ballina Community Art Gallery and Christopher and Sophie Davis who made this video possible. The video can be found on YouTube.


Location: NRCG Ballina NSW
From : Thu, Sep 29th, 2016 5:30 pm
To: Sun, Oct 23rd, 2016 4:30 pm

Damned Whores and God's Police.

An installation of ceramic figurines based on my research into the work of three Australian artists, Anne Summers, Albert Tucker and Joy Hester.

The body of work is about stereotypes, the good woman stereotype and the bad woman stereotype.


Location: Lismore Regional Art Gallery
From : Thu, Aug 18th, 2016 10:00 am
To: Sat, Sep 24th, 2016 5:00 pm

Cool Cockies

A flock of cockatoos. 9 individual birds.


Location: Club Mullum, Mullumbimby NSW
From : Sun, Jan 3rd, 2016 10:00 am
To: Mon, Feb 1st, 2016 10:00 pm

Bluestocking


Location: Northern Rivers Community Gallery, Cherry St, Ballina NSW
From : Wed, Jan 20th, 2016 10:00 am
To: Sun, Feb 14th, 2016 4:00 pm

BeLonging. Embodied Commentaries Inspired by Place.

The 'BeLonging' Exhibition is the TACA Members Exhibition. (The Ceramics Association of Australia)

The exhibition is part of the 'Stepping Up" Ceramics Trienniel Conferrence in Canberra.

The exhibition is currated by Madulika Ghosh.

140 ceramic works will be exhibited.


Location: ANU, School of Art, Canberra
From : Sat, Jun 27th, 2015 9:00 am
To: Sat, Jul 11th, 2015 5:00 pm

Brisbane Grammar School Art Show.

45th  - "Sapphire" Art show.

"Jewels of the Night".


Location: Brisbane Grammar School. Gregory Terrace, Brisbane. QLD
From : Fri, Aug 22nd, 2014 10:00 am
To: Sat, Aug 23rd, 2014 10:00 pm

The Course of Objects - The Fine Lines of Inquiry.

A Group Exhibition.

Curated by Susan Ostling.

The Australian Ceramics Association's Biennial Exhibition.

"Perhaps it is impossible to wear an identity without becoming what you pretend to be." My collection is about female identity. These imperfect vintage style figurines are modeled on Marie Antoinette and the French Rococo era in art history. The Rococo period of the 18th century was a time where art embraced the exotic. The women of the court of King Louis XVI were fashionable and extravagant. Women were defined by their dress – costumes were meticulously designed and women conscientiously paraded themselves in public. These women deliberately made choices about their appearance. Outrageous or demure, frivolous or over the top, impression was paramount. The more voluminous the skirt and elaborate the costume, the greater the pretense. In my work the dress becomes a metaphor for identity – a mask that a woman hides behind; a place where she finds comfort. But what of the woman behind this charade? Does her appearance define her reality? Quote from Orson Scottcard – "Ender's Game".


Location: Manly Art Gallery and Museum.West Esplanade Reserve Manly NSW.
From : Fri, May 2nd, 2014 6:00 pm
To: Sun, Jun 8th, 2014 4:00 pm

The Byron Bay Art Classic

" incredible day hunting in South Africa! Stalked inside 60-yards, what a hunt."

Winner of  the Sculpture Prize

Twitter @Melissa Bachman

Melissa Bachman is a trophy hunter, an American TV presenter who calls herself a "hard core huntress". In November 2013 she tracked and shot a male lion while on safari in South Africa. She hunts and kills exotic animals for sport.

Amanda Bromfield creates figurines fashioned and referenced in history. In this work she has referenced a 1830's Staffordshire porcelain figurine titled "Death Of Munrow" by an unknown ceramist. The roles and out come are reversed in this sculpture. The lion stalks and kills the human. The lion collects the trophy, poses with the kill and twitters about this "incredible day hunting".


Location: Byron Bay Community Centre, Byron Bay
From : Fri, Jan 10th, 2014 6:00 pm
To: Wed, Jan 15th, 2014 6:42 pm

Menagerie

Ceramic sculptures of aristocratic Rococo Girls parading their collections of exotic and curious animals.

Dressed to impress, they sport outrageous animal inspired fashions .

Louis XV1 had a Menagerie at Versailles, it was a status symbol of power and wealth.

These caged animals are often seen as "metaphors of slavery and oppression".Louise E. Robbins, Elephant Slaves and Pampered Parrots. 2002

MENAGERIE

Exotic animals captured and transported from; Africa, the Indies and the Americas were all the rage in 18th Century Paris. The monarchy and aristocrats exhibited these wild and "never before seen" creatures in Menageries. Only the rich and powerful could afford the luxury of keeping and showing off such extravagant possessions. Exotic animals were paraded as symbols of status.Women and men's fashions reflected the latest animal sensation. Giraffe print dresses and hairstyles for wealthy women and zebra striped suits for the men. Animals captured in the new French colonies were traded, transported and displayed as caged curiosities. Land and sea voyages were treacherous, few animals survived the journey, those that did became a source of fascination, fear and revulsion. Animals battled to the death in public forums, were imprisoned in cages or became captive slaves performing tricks for human entertainment. Amanda Bromfield has captured the frivolity and extravagance of the French Rococo era but has also hinted at the poignant sense of loss as the magnificent wild creatures surrender their freedom to become pampered pets and animal slaves.


Location: Northern Rivers Community Art Gallery. Cherry St , Ballina
From : Wed, Feb 12th, 2014 10:30 am
To: Fri, Mar 21st, 2014 2:30 pm

Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize 2013

Advocaat, Delft and Dodos - FINALIST

Increased standards of living take their toll on the bio-diversity of this planet, as consumption increases, species become extinct. According to Dr Richard Leakey we are in the Sixth Age of Extinction*. The rate of extinction has hastened since the Voyages of Discovery by Columbus in 1492. The Dodo was the first recorded extinction of the Modern World, discovered by Dutch sailors on the island of Mauritius in 1662 and extinct within 90 years. In my work, the dress or costume becomes the metaphor for identity. Identity can be individual or, of society as a whole. This 17th century woman personifies Dutch society during this Golden Age of Exploration and Colonialism. She sips her advocaat cocktail, dressed in a beautiful gown, embroidered with Delft Ware patterning. Her dress represents the extravagant consumption of exotic items demanded by the economically mobile European society. The cocktail represents socio economic materialism and wasteful consumption. The economic and political paradigms that fueled the race for Globalisation during the Golden Age continue today as Multinational Corporations strive for global dominance, increased consumerism and profits. The extinction of species is a given consequence of global progress and economic development. Bio-diversity "is going the way of the Dodo".

* Dr Richard Leakey - paleoanthropologist.


Location: Woollahra Council Chambers. 536 NSW Head Rd, Woollahra
From : Sat, Oct 26th, 2013 10:00 am
To: Sun, Nov 10th, 2013 4:00 pm

"Girl Power - NO CSG"

In a 2011 interview published by the Times in London, Sir David Attenborough stated, "We have a huge moral responsibility towards the rest of the planet". In the Northern Rivers, the legacy of the Aquarius Festival has meant that people from all walks of life gather and unite over issues that threaten the environment. Girl Power – NO CSG is about the courageous women of the Northern Rivers community who are continuing this tradition by rallying and protesting to protect our land and water from being mined for Coal Seam Gas. Amanda Bromfield was born into a 3rd generation farming family. She understands the need for rural communities to come together, keep our natural resources and safe from degradation and to preserve our environment for future generations.


Location: Lismore Regional Gallery. Molesworth St, Lismore NSW
From : Fri, Oct 18th, 2013 10:00 am
To: Sun, Dec 1st, 2013 4:00 pm

"Rococolossal"

Amanda Bromfield's Rococo Girls are like the barbie dolls of the French Court of Louis XV and XVI. These were fashionable ladies, extravagant and frivolous - with attitudes to match. Amanda's imperfect vintage style figurines take a subtle dig at these women. The Rococo period was a time where art embraced the exotic, the playful and the witty. Rococolossal refers to this time in art history where hair, dresses and expenditure were all 'over the top'. Women competed to set the most outrageous trends. The dress or costume is an intrinsic ingredient in Amanda's work. The dress is Amanda's metaphor for identity. This identity can be individual or that of a society as a whole. In this exhibition Amanda also uses the dress to represent overconsumption and materialism. The more voluminous and extravagant the costume, the greater the consumption of resources.


Location: Northern Rivers Community Art Gallery , Cherry St, Ballina. NSW
From : Wed, Oct 2nd, 2013 10:30 am
To: Thu, Oct 31st, 2013 4:30 pm

"Let them eat cake"

Lismore - Art in the Heart

Window of Opportunity


Location: Star Court Arcade, Lismore NSW
From : Thu, Jan 10th, 2013 9:00 am
To: Wed, Feb 27th, 2013 5:00 pm
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