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AMANDA MARBURG

OVER THE PAST TWO DECADES AMANDA MARBURG’S work has ranged from bar scenes in Western movies, to reinvented Dutch still lifes, ’70s skin magazines, vignettes from Grimm fairy tales with their menacing violence, clay figurines modelled by children, Spanish tiles and surrealist lobsters. ‘I paint from what I’m reading, looking at or where I am at the time,’ Marburg says.

In her essay , Joan Didion explores the power of images that linger in one’s memory – the ‘greyed and obscurely sinister light’ of oil refineries seen decades earlier through a bus window in San Francisco, a flowering pear tree outside a window, a young woman with long hair and a short white halter dress walking through a casino at one o’clock in the morning. ‘What is going on in these pictures in my mind?’

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