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Artist uses audio, video to explore links among humans, technology, environments

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Amanda Dannáe has been influenced by art since she was a child.

Growing up in Santa Fe, she was always around it.

Also, her aunt is an artist.

It’s no wonder the University of New Mexico student has chosen art as her path – specifically, with a focus on experimental art and technology.

“I work in video and sound art,” she says. “I started out as a musician, and I’ve combined my two loves.”

Romero graduated this semester from UNM.

Recently, she was the only undergraduate to show at the Center for Fine Arts in Downtown Albuquerque.

The CFA is part of he College of Fine Arts and is a space for UNM graduate students to showcase art.

“What I enjoy most about the medium is that it’s a great tool and our society and technology is so emerging,” she says. “The challenge in combining a lot of different processes and moving images is amazing.”

While growing up, Dannáe always had an interest in the way that humans, technology, and environments are connected – for example, the ways in which sound can enhance a specific environment or how an environment can create a home for sound to reside.

She has done extensive research and practice in various art modalities and the way in which they can be implemented as mechanisms for change and healing in individuals as well as those who have varying forms of trauma and disability.

Her affinity for social practice and the progressive nature of the relationships among humans, technology and environments has allowed her to create a dialogue on these parallels.

Specifically, her work with hospice patients has involved a personalized treatment plan that implements music as well as sound therapy. She uses her background in music, photography and video in such a way that permits her to explore these relationships.

“A main portion of my inspiration comes from introspection and creating these visual and sonic representations,” she says. “My art has served as a catharsis. Going through this process, it plays a recurrent role in my work.”

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