There is drawing and then there is ….. drawing. This is the latter.

I recently subscribed to a Mongolian blog.  I like to say that.   This Mongolian blog is called hi.lite.head.  And thanks to this blog I discovered this Toronto artist….Amanda Nedham. In today’s world of  everybody-and-their-uncle-is-an-illustrator-illustration saturation, this work brings about a deep sigh of relief.  (I’m sure I produced some major grammatical error back there……forgive me).

Taking a peak at her curriculum vitae you realize this is a no joke artist.  One year in Florence studying drawing and a year internship at the Peggy Guggenheim museum in Venice with a hefty number of exhibitions under her belt…she’s well on her way.  But wouldn’t you realize that from seeing her incredible skills with mere paper and pencil?  Not only is her work extremely detailed but it is also large, at times gigantic.   The time and patience it must take in order to create a single piece is impressive.

There is drawing and then there is ….. drawing.  This is the latter.

This has heart and blood and skin and bones.  Fur flies from the page.  Snarls can be heard.   Horses give up the struggle.  Puppies sooth dying pandas.  The victory of man’s domestication over animals is witnessed.  Her drawings are of a painful hovering reality and revealing dreams.  They are perfect.

Here are some images from her 2010 series Like Milk and Blood.  

And death shall have no dominion.
Dead mean naked they shall be one
With the man in the wind and the west moon;
When their bones are picked clean and the clean bones gone,
They shall have stars at elbow and foot;
Though they go mad they shall be sane,
Though they sink through the sea they shall rise again;
Though lovers be lost love shall not;
And death shall have no dominion.

Dylan Thomas

I did a bit more scouring around on the web for more information and found an interview from 2008 which also links to more images.  Take a look at this Toronto blog here —-> blogto

her site —> amanda nedham


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