Experimenting with technology intended for VR, artist Amanda VanValkenburg brings images of deceased Brazilian creatives to life. A portrait of Clarice Lispector, a revolutionary novelist, is forced into a rotating cube, which becomes hauntingly confusing; it is only in the final moments of the piece that her portrait is in clear view. A short video clip of Oscar Niemeyer, an outspoken leftist architect, becomes ghostly and wispy when forced into the rotating 3D space. These non-narrative experimental pieces in Volumetric Portrait (2023) spark meditations on change, stagnation, and memory over time.
Amanda VanValkenburg is a digital video artist who uses a mix of 3D animation, found footage, and digital video to create time-based media that plays on contemporary anxieties in the digital age. She holds a BFA in Painting and an MFA in Film/Video/New Media/Animation. She is currently teaching at Northern Illinois University as well as the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.