Approved: 08.10.2012

Bettina Amtag

Artist, Film-maker, Maker

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Approved: 08.10.2012

My work is an ongoing investigation into ways in which one can represent visually an aspect of a psychological condition, such as anxiety, melancholia, mourning, or the vanishing of the self as a form of loss or absence.
It touches on the areas of the idyll, the miracle, and the uncanny with an underlying interest in stories and illusions/delusions. I am also interested in spaces, and our relationship

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    Artist Statement

    My work is an ongoing investigation into ways in which one can represent visually an aspect of a psychological condition, such as anxiety, melancholia, mourning, or the vanishing of the self as a form of loss or absence. It touches on the areas of the idyll, the miracle, and the uncanny with an underlying interest in stories and illusions/delusions. I am also interested in spaces, and our relationship with them. The resulting work is diverse; it includes sculpture/installation, film and photography. I also print and I produce drawings at all stages of a project to assess, re-assess and develop. Recent work explores fairy tales as a symbolic dimension for the depiction of distressing states of mind and, in this context, how themes from literature, i.e. the journey, can be transposed into artistic imagery. I am currently particularly interested in journeys without return, as might happen when the mind disintegrates into illness: nothing is found, but things are lost; the self, or the traveller, may be lost to others. I am fascinated by the process of loosing, and being lost, by what is absent and what is left behind. By what is or is moving into the distance, just out of reach.

    CV & Education

    Qualifications and training

    2012 - Master of Fine Art, Bath Spa University 2008 - BA Hons Fine Art, Dartington College of Arts 

    Solo exhibitions

    2014                           The wind was favourable. Nordiska Konstskolan, Kokkola. Finland

    2010                           If you go down to the woods. Torre Abbey, Torquay

    2010                           Exeter Phoenix, Exeter

    2009                           Birdwood House, Totnes

    2009                           Art Rooms, Totnes

    Open Call Exhibitions

    2016                           Deck the Walls. 44AD, Bath. 

    2016                           Art Works Open, Barbican Arts Group Trust. London. 

    2016                           Hanging Instructions. FaB, Bath. 

    2016                           Eighth Wonder. 44AD, Bath. 

    2015                           Deck the Walls. 44AD, Bath. 

    2015                           Eighth Wonder. 44AD, Bath. 

    2015                           Towards Stillness. 44 AD, Bath. .

    2014                           8th Wonder. 44AD, Bath. .

    2014                           Laura’s Place. 44 AD, Bath. 

    2014                           Toride International Video Projection Contest. Toride, Japan.

    2013                           Deck the walls, 44AD. Bath. 

    2013                           Beyond merely assembling. Projects Manchester. Manchester.

    2013                           Art Works Open, Barbican Arts Group Trust. London. 

    2013                           State of Play, Southgate. Bath. 

    2013                           Out of the Dark. 44AD, Bath

    2013                           A Place of Departure. 44AD, Bath. 

    2012                           Deck the Walls. 44AD, Bath

    2011                           Filthy Bath, Bath

    Group Exhibitions

    2016                           With Preston Street Union: US CHAPS, Exeter

    2016                           With Preston Street Union: Intervention at Exeter Library

    2016                           The Waiting Room. 44AD, Bath. 

    2015                           Preston Street Union. With Trevor Pitt.

    Spacex, Exeter.

    2014                           Exeter Open Studios. EVA Studios, Exeter

    2013                           Exeter Open Studios. EVA Studios, Exeter

    2013                           MAAD. Walcot Chapel, Bath. 

    2012                           Pop-up Show. Eva Studios, Exeter

    2012                           MA exhibition. Bath Spa School of Art and Design

    2011                           Stroud International Textiles Festival

    2010                           Coming of Age. Bishop’s Palace, Wells, Somerset

    2010                           Coming of Age. Allsop Gallery, Bridport

    2008                           Somerset Arts Week

    2008                           Dartington Festival, Dartington College of Arts

    2008                           Activity 3,   Dartington College of Arts