Amanda Swain Bingham

Amanda lives and works in Peace Dale, Rhode Island. In 1992, she received a BFA from Tufts University and The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, MA. She studied documentary photography with Bill Burke. In 2000-2001, she attended Rhode Island School of Design for post-graduate studies. Amanda received a Polaroid Materials Grant in 1995 for her documentary work with aboriginal communities in Northern Queensland, Australia. In 1996, she was a finalist at Workman Publishing Group for her photographic monograph on children of divorce: Till Death Us Do Part. 

Her work has been shown at The Howard Yezerski Gallery, Boston, The Boston Museum School's Grossman Gallery; Gallery Equus, Boston, The Boston Public Library, Lake Forest College, Illinois, Croker-Griffin Gallery, Rhode Island and three solo shows at the Colo Colo Gallery in New Bedford, MA (2011, 2012, 2013).  She has been a full member at Hera Gallery since 2013 and had her photographic series Self Portraits: Under My Skin recently featured in Art New England. You can see more of her work on her website

Artist Statement

Self Portraits: Under My Skin

For the past four years I have been working on a series of self portraits using shadow and reflection. My photographic walkabouts stay within a five mile radius of my home. I like to think of these photographs as collage. Both mediums speak to my need to record the layers within a moment.  

My choreography is deliberate. I use water as my mirror.  I allow time for the natural light to work through me; and in a single exposure reveal what’s inside. 

I hold my breath and get into position.  I wait for the light to play and watch as my human form becomes an ephemeral creature, an inexplicable being I haven't met before. I want my shadows and reflections to roam; disengaging from our cultural obsession with identity and beauty. I am no longer separate from this earth I get to walk on.