In 1976, Gisele Amantea received a BFA from the University of Calgary and in 1979, an MFA from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. She has been teaching at Concordia University from 1995 to 2002. Her imposing installations, often described as multidisciplinary works, combine ceramic objects, tables, shelving, wallpaper, found objects and architectural elements. These everyday materials frequently allude to the domestic universe of family life. Her work is imbued with feminist connotations that refer to memory and question the cultural and social norms of femininity. It has been exhibited in solo and group shows in Canada and abroad and can be found in public collections that include the Dunlop Art Gallery and the MacKenzie Art Gallery in Regina and the Mendel Art Gallery in Saskatoon.
Gisele Amantea, Untitled (Poodle), 2012. Aluminum et métal. 1000 x 25 x 141 cm. Main Street, Vancouver. Photo : Rachel Topham.