Amanda Roy has been selected as KW|AG’s third Community Curator. She will be developing online content to correlate with our upcoming fall exhibitions, The Limits and We All Fall Down. A recent graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University where she majored in Religion and Culture, Amanda is no stranger to the Gallery. She has volunteered with a number of events including, Tooney Tuesday and Family Sundays.
Amanda says she began volunteering with the Gallery as a way to expand her knowledge of art galleries, “I see this as a good opportunity to become involved in the community and encourage young people to take part in the arts.”
Here’s what she had to say about her project with the Gallery and contemporary art in general.
Q: What should we look forward to seeing from you during your time here?
A: I have high expectations for my time here at KW|AG, especially considering how much I have learned already. I am so happy and lucky to have stumbled across this valuable opportunity. From my time with KW|AG I would like to do some analysis on a few chosen pieces with perspective from my particular background. There is potential to see an online brochure that complements one or both of the fall exhibits (The Limits and We All Fall Down). The brochure would include the pieces that I have interpreted through a Buddhist lens. This includes looking at the path to enlightenment and all the struggles it encompasses as well as the connectedness to the self and universe that is produced as an end result. One of the pieces I hoped to include may also be featured as a staff pick or in one of the upcoming winter exhibits. I would also like to take as many opportunities as possible to learn about the operations that go on behind the scenes in the Gallery. The process of putting together exhibitions and the steps that are involved are of particular interest to me as one day I would like to pursue a career in this field.
Q: What do you love about contemporary art?
A: I love that art tells a story and that it’s generally something a little bit different for each individual. A lot of times, especially with the absence of research, interpretation is largely up to the individual viewer and it impacts people differently depending on what is going on in their life at the time. Ultimately though, I appreciate that art is an expression that helps individuals come to better understanding of themselves and the world around them.
Q: Who is your favourite artist?
A: I’m not sure I could choose just one artist as my favorite because they all come from different times, display different styles, and speak different messages. I do however, have a soft spot for Picasso, having studied the symbolism and abstractness that is ever-present in his work, Guernica in particular.
Stay tuned for more on Amanda’s journey at KW|AG