If you were around for artsyFASHIONWeek, you may already have an inkling of my interest in the relationship between fashion and art. Lately, I’ve been thinking more and more about the influence of the fashion industry, what the clothes we wear say about our personalities and just the general psychology behind the fueling of the fashion industry and the choices that we make. Toronto artist Amanda Clyne examines the influence of fashion upon our psyche in her paintings, in which she “examines the image as a mirror of our desires”.
Amanda finds inspiration for her work in the pages of art history books and fashion magazines, seeing similarities between fashion photography of today and historical portraits of the elite. They both carry with them the same fascination with beauty, wealth and transformation.. “images intended to fuel a spectacle of desire with feigned promises of intimacy and truth”. ( Amanda Clyne via her website )
The artist fragments her subject, creating an elusive illusion, much like a hall of mirrors. Our eyes deceive us, all isn’t as it would seem. An important point to remember when gazing longingly at those $300 shoes that will make us beautiful and desirable. ( Um, not that I’ve ever done that.. )
The way she uses fragments of images to create the whole could be an interpretation of the illusionary aspects of fashion advertising and photography. The images we see are the composition of designers, photographers, photo editors, art directors, etc. They represent an idealized portrayal of only one aspect of our being.
To see more of Amanda Clyne’s work, please visit her website and Facebook page. If any of you Canadians out there are in Toronto, be sure to check out her latest show opening December 8th at p|m Gallery.
Featured image is Mirror, Mirror ( diptych ), oil on canvas, 72×36. All images are via the artist’s website.