Amanda Ross-Ho’s work across sculpture, painting, installation, and photography explores the appropriation and dissemination of images and objects. She often utilizes everyday items such as bobby pins, “scrunchie” hair ties, X-ACTO blades, wine glasses, eye masks, and pants, but de-familiarizes their quotidian associations by enlarging them to a monumental scale. In doing so, she highlights the tension between these mass-produced objects and the process through which they become personal, intimate artifacts. The theatricality of this scale-shift is underpinned by the often intentionally comic nature of these large-scale novelty items.
While much of Ross-Ho’s work includes traces of the artmaking process, she has also engaged deeply with themes related to the public realm. Ross-Ho’s talk at The New School will focus on her recent public works including, “Untitled Findings (ACCESS)” a series of large-scale keys placed throughout the city for Parcours at Art Basel 2017; her contribution to Public Art Fund’s group exhibition Image Objects (2015); and an earlier related public sculpture at MCA Chicago in 2013, which utilized a three-dimensional tableau replicating a female mannequin image appropriated from an early photography manual. For Image Object at City Hall Park, Ross-Ho added a neon square to this existing tableau, highlighting the digital afterlife of art in the public realm. Its emphasis on the forms of facial recognition software and “intelligent” camera lenses offered an insightful meditation on how these technologies have altered public space, how we perceive it and are perceived in it.