Tour De Force
Selection from “Ritual”
A body of work that examines the intersection of seduction, mysticism, and performance. Surrounding herself with constructed still life moments, Rowan's self-portraits play on the idea of ancient fertility rites and harken the veiled eroticism of vintage burlesque performers. This project explores the connection between mating rituals, sexuality, and power within the context of domestic relationships. The images were shot 4x5 color film to achieve a lush, timeless feeling with these photos.
Author: Amanda Rowan is a visual and performing artist and educator, currently living in Los Angeles, California. She graduated cum laude from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Her visual style is timeless, with an emphasis on color and juxtaposition. Her photographic work examines performance and power within the realm of domesticity and sexuality. Her images have been exhibited and published internationally at Photo LA, and Paris Photo as well as the Wall Street Gallery and the Leica Gallery in Los Angeles. Her images are part of the extensive contemporary art collection at The Palms Hotel in Las Vegas. Rowan's photographs are on display as part of the permanent collection at the Palms along with like Damien Hirst, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol, and Takashi Murakami.