Amanda White


Amanda White (Toronto, ON) is an interdisciplinary artist living and working in Toronto, ON. Her current work focuses on relationships between species, urban ecology, and most recently people and plants. Her projects are often collaborative, and have included web based, community-based work, theatre production, and traditional gallery installations. Amanda is a PhD student in Cultural Studies at Queen’s University. She received an MFA from the University of Windsor in 2012, and a BFA in drawing and painting from OCAD.

NS Residency: June 2014

Over the past several years, Amanda’s artistic work and research has focused on issues in ecology. She is interested in the relationship between people and their environments, specifically the ecological relationships and exchanges that occur in urban or human spaces.

Amanda’s recent work includes several projects that look at plants in this context, and food plants specifically. With the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts, she is developing several projects that investigate human relationships with plants, and how we communicate with them. She has also been incorporating food processing techniques such as canning, pickling and fermenting into this work.

Frugivore, 2012 Installation View In Frugivore, the artist attempts to communicate with plants by revisiting a mutual and biological relationship that exists between mammals and their food plants. She incorporate the natural cycle of a fruit-eating mammal (frugivore) and the principals of seed dispersal into the human process of food crop cultivation. Frugivore is an ongoing project, existing in the artist’s garden and as a gallery installation.

Frugivore, 2012 Installation View

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