Do People Know Who You Say You Are
Ronald Paulson contends that the popularity of Gothic fiction in the 1790s ‘was due in part to the widespread anxieties and fears in Europe aroused by the turmoil in France finding a kind of sublimation or catharsis in tales of darkness, confusion, blood and horror’ (Representations of Revolution 1789 – 1820, pp. 22.0-1). Similarly, Amanda’s artworks turn to the Gothic tradition and reflect the turmoil present in her surroundings: personal and political.
In this body of work each building’s purpose acts as the framework for her expression of the dichotomy between self-knowledge and reputation and her investigation into the turmoil present in Cape Town, South African, society.
The architecture and objects in her work mirror the innermost workings of the self as the architecture in the Gothic tradition acts as a mirror for the characters and plot lines in the story.