Amanda White

Portfolio: Cut Paper Portraits

(women, and a few men, I have met in books)

These imaginary historical portraits, which by-the-by reflect my interest in eighteenth century dolls, are an off-shoot of my Writers' Houses series.

Not necessarily occupants of the buildings, many of these women are more often than not secondary, peripheral or even tiny bit players in the writers' lives.


Some are famous in their own right (or even write!). Others occupy little more than a brief footnote in a fat biographical tome. Some would be completely forgotten were it not for the chance that their lives briefly touched upon those of the mighty dead.


Obscure clues as to their identities are in the portraits' titles which are phrases or sentences referring to or written by the subjects themselves taken from books.


Those sentences spark the image and in the end I'm not all that sure whether their identities matter ...