Little Interview

Every month we ask the same set of questions to someone collaborating with us. Over the last two years, we have interviewed diverse members of the Glucksman community - artists, academics, staff members, guests, audiences and workshop participants. The responses are funny, inspiring, revealing and always a great read.

This month, we feature artist Amanda Rice whose work will feature in our forthcoming exhibition HOME: Being and Belonging in Contemporary Ireland and who participated in our online project Home from Home: Irish artists respond to  COVID 19.

What are you reading?
My lockdown habits have entailed buying lots of books from Verso and not getting around to reading them! I am slowly starting to get through them, and I've just finished Owen Jones' 'Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class' which has been an eye-opening read. I've just started "How to be Anti-Capitalist in the 21st Century' by Erik Olin Wright. I've lined up some fiction next - 'the Second Body' by Daisy Hildyard. 

Favourite museum? 
I don't think I have a favourite museum or gallery - the work on show is often the thing that sticks out rather than the institution itself. That said I think the Venice Biennale as an experience is just a great way of viewing art - there's always so much on show that there will always be a number of really impressive works to see, plus the environment is stunning.

Best performance? 
I visited the Venice Biennale in September 2019 and Sun & Sea (Marina), an opera composed by Lina Lapelytė situated at the Lithuanian Pavillion was probably one of the most moving and captivating performances I've ever seen. I also have fond memories of the last gig I was at before the pandemic which was Roisin Murphy at the Roundhouse in London. 

Most treasured possession? 
I'm not really that attached to objects. I'm thinking if there was ever a fire, my hard-drives are something I would be keen to rescue as they contain all my work. Because I'm spending so much time at home, I recently bought some William Morris bedding which has been satisfying. I don't think it quite makes the treasured possession category but it's certainly nice to look at and sleep in. 

Work(s) of art that inspire you? 
I keep thinking in terms of the last thing I saw pre-pandemic. I saw Mark Lecky's installation at Tate Britain in January 2020 and I had not seen his film 'Dream English Kid 1964 - 1999 AD' before and I thought his affective use of sound and found footage was inspired. Anna Zett's film 'this Unwieldy Object' is probably one of my favourite artists moving image works, her ability to create complex connections between seemingly disparate histories is really exciting.  I came across the film works of Sara Swynar during the summer via an on-line show through the Approach Gallery website and was really into her visual language. 

Lightbulb moment? 
I'm still waiting on one! 

Guilty pleasure?
Bad disco, plus anything George Michael or Wham related. The odd Netflix binge and I'm far too into Jaffa Cakes. 

What would you like to be doing right now?
I'd just like to be doing family related things right now like visiting my folks in Mayo and getting out for walks in the landscape which I haven't been able to do as I'm stuck in the city. Also, my brother lives in Dubai and he's moving back to Ireland permanently this summer and I had hoped to travel and see him in May. I don't think that is looking likely now. I had really been fantasising about getting through my Verso book splurge by a pool!