The Art of Amanda Clyne

When the viewer first glances at one of my paintings, the image and viewer lock eyes. The image stares back with a shifting, slivered gaze, appealing to the viewer to seek resolution of its ever-elusive form. Confronted with irreconcilable fragments or impenetrable blind spots, the viewer struggles to answer the image’s plea. Savouring the seductive exchange, the viewer and image become entwined in an active portrait of the experience of looking. ~ A. Clyne.

When looking at Clyne’s paintings, there is an emotional chemistry at work, sadness and indeed a plea, features in each piece and across each series. It goes deeper than the simple melancholy of a beautiful woman though. Clyne’s work invites you to look closer, which is perhaps the plea of all women and perhaps every one of us.What at first seems the epitome of feminine beauty and winsome charm soon becomes not just splintered, but deformed. The aesthetic is warped with shadows, bulges and bleeding colour, transforming picture perfection into a disturbing hypnosis.

Today, Clyne is most influenced by the fashion industry and the images of perfection and beauty it perpetuates. She explains, ‘I’m also really interested in the expressions of sadness that permeate fashion images, in the models’ expressions of melancholy, longing, perhaps even shame. What does it say about our culture that these images are successful marketing strategies? Or is it just not noticed? Or are we so immune to such images that we can no longer connect to the emotions on display?

With her most recent work, including the Silver Series, the artist used images from fashion magazines, but in the past (as with the Old Masters Series) she drew from historical portraits.

We were very lucky that Amanda was so kind to let us her complex and yet appealing art to go with Christine’s essay ‘Removing the Scars.’

Read more about Amanda on her blog Dedicate Studio Space . You can buy Amanda’s art on her website www.amandaclyne.com

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Christine Redman-Waldeyer

What a spot of luck when Christine Redman-Waldeyer from the Adanna Journal said she would write an article for MOTIF Magazine. I was moved to tears after reading her article and was most proud and pleased to be able to share it with our readers in Issue 5 – The New Feminine.
Christine Redman-Waldeyer, founder and editor of Adanna, holds a Doctorate of Letters from Drew University. She teaches literature, writing, and journalism at Passaic County Community College and is the Coordinator of the Journalism Option Program. Christine is an author of poetry books and has had many articles and essays published in a long list of reputable magazines and journals.
So what is the Adanna Journal?
Adanna, a name of Nigerian origin, pronounced a-DAN-a, is defined as “her father’s daughter.”  This literary journal is titled Adanna because women over the centuries have been defined by men in politics, through marriage, and, most importantly, by the men who fathered them. Today women are still bound by complex roles in society, often needing to wear more than one hat or sacrifice one role so another may flourish.
While this journal is dedicated to women, it is not exclusive, and it welcomes our counterparts and their thoughts about women today. Submissions to Adanna must reflect women’s issues or topics, celebrate womanhood, and shout out in passion.

Christine’s amazing essay ‘Removing the Scars’ can be read on page 27 in Issue 5 of MOTIF Magazine. Her wonderful words are accompanied by the fine art of Amanda Clyne.

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MOTIF Magazine now Available on iPhone

Whether it’s black or white, new or old, your iphone will finally be put to good use.

Scrolling through the pages of MOTIF Magazine that is!

Thanks to the fantastic crew at Ocunecu, the MOTIF app can be downloaded for free and enjoyed in a house with a mouse, in a train or in a plane…you get the idea.

So get on the phone, download the app and get reading.

 

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MOTIF Magazine Facebook Competition

I’m getting dizzy from all the giveaways and prizes at MOTIF these days…

If photo competitions and subscribers giveaways weren’t enough, we are offering another chance to win some lovely goodies that our friends at DotComGiftShop have been so kind to supply.

The winner will receive a Three-Tier Regency Cake Stand and 3 runners-up will win a Regency Teacup & Saucer.

All you have to do is ‘LIKE’ us on our MOTIF Magazine Facebook page – it’s that easy.


You’ll be feeling so fantastically feminine as you read our The New Feminine issue and sip tea from your fancy floral tea cup and sup sweeties from a 3-tiered cake stand.


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Issue 4 – The New Feminine

Hello lovely readers, welcome to the MOTIF Blog.

Today we are celebrating Issue 4 – The New Feminine – where you can see who won the Frockshop.com prize for our fashion photo competition, read about BBH‘s creative director, read our reviews and have your fill of MOTIF magic.

Issue 4 has been a difficult one for us. I moved to London, Tegan went away on holidays and we struggled for a moment there. But I think we’ve pulled through to create an issue that we can be proud of.

I was particularly excited our content this issue; the wonderful Christine Waldeyer from Adanna Literary Journal wrote a piece especially for us, I got to sit in the office of advertising guru Rosie Arnold and we had the lovely Tyler Parker send us a colourful piece for Fiona’s always witty words. We featured artist Amanda Clyne, who was kind enough to let us use a piece from her Silver Series and we put together a fashion spread like no other, choosing the finest entries from MOTIF readers who were bold enough to help us out. You’ll see some stunning photos there!

We hope you like our feminine theme this issue and look forward to receiving your comments and encouraging words.

 

 

 

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Competition Closes

Thank you to everyone who submitted photos to MOTIF Magazine’s Fashion Photo Competition.

Without your pluck and sass we would not have been able to create our fashion story for The New Feminine.

Tegan is putting together Issue 4 as we speak and I can’t wait to see the results.

The winners of the Frockshop.com prizes will be announced shortly.

Watch this space.

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Fashion Photo Competition

Hopefully you have seen our poster and decided to find out what MOTIF Magazine’s Fashion photo Competition is all about.

You have come to the right place. And yes, there are prizes.

We want you, just normal everyday girls like you to send in a photo of yourself wearing something that makes you feel fantastically femme.

What does femininity look like in today’s anything-goes fashion culture?

We thought the best way to find out, would be to ask you, our readers.

Whether it’s your pretty floral dress or your favourite brogues and trousers, feeling feminine is becoming more and more a matter of diversity as opposed to any prescribed social trend.

So get yourself frocked up and get someone to take a photo of you.

It doesn’t have to be professional, we just want to see the real you!

Send your photo/s to submissions@motifmag.com.

The best entries will grace the pages of Issue 4’s The New Feminine fashion spread, as we present a photographic essay of what femininity looks like today.

Now if the extrovert in you is not chuffed enough with the thought of appearing in a magazine, we have got something else to help get you motivated.

The wonderful gals over at Frockshop.com are donating (AUD)$150 in prizes for our best entries.

So go on and get snapping. We can’t wait to see your photos and make our fashion spread the best yet!

Please send all entries in to submissions@motifmag.com

 

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