Amanda Doran’s new body of work explores contemporary ideologies of a modern day woman, from a female perspective. Doran considers what it means to be a woman at a time when it is being redefined by generation Y, social media, self-care advocates and well-being activists.
“The aesthetics of what beauty is, or more importantly what a beautiful woman is, is changing rapidly. With countless social media accounts advocating body imperfections, championing our vulvas, breasts, bottoms, stretch marks, flab, belly rolls, body hair, emotional vulnerabilities, self-image struggles, self-worth battles and celebrating our sexual liberty, sexual proclivities and sexual self-exploration, being a woman in 2018 has been a very fascinating thing” says Doran.
In this work, Doran wanted to rediscover this new type of woman, examining new approaches to self-image, redefining not only how
women see one another but more importantly how women see themselves. Her research has also looked extensively to pagan ideologies and primitive tribal attitudes towards women within community and tribal groups with symbols, patterns and representations from various
ancient cultures appearing in these new works.
Doran sees this work as a re-writing of well told stories, by re-imagining the old outdated perspectives of the ideal woman, coming from a male standard and rebuilding the image of what the ideal woman is, from a female standard. She has created a utopia for women within these new works and here the female figures can explore and celebrate their sexual power, primitive urges, their strengths, weaknesses and their individual sources of power.
Amanda Doran was born in 1987 and grew up in Gorey Co. Wexford. She completed her Bachelor’s Degree in fine art painting at NCAD, graduating in 2012 with a first-class honours degree. Since graduating Amanda was shortlisted for the Saatchi Gallery & Channel 4’s New Sensations Award 2012 showcasing new talent from the U.K. and Ireland. Since then she has exhibited her work globally, and was shortlisted for the 2016 Marmite Prize for Painting.
Image: Amanda Doran, Lonely Island Woman, 2018, 50 x 70cm, Image courtesy of the artist.