Amanda Boulos is a visual artist and educator based in Toronto. Engaging with national narratives from Palestine, Lebanon, and Canada, Boulos explores how oral histories undergo constant metamorphoses. Boulos received her MFA from the University of Guelph in 2017 and BFA from York University in 2013. She has shown at Richard Rhodes Dupont Projects, Toronto, ON, Whippersnapper Gallery, Toronto, ON, and Erin Stump Projects, Toronto, ON and has an upcoming exhibition at Untitled Arts Society, Calgary, AB. Boulos is the winner of the 20th RBC Canadian Painting Competition and will be the Isabel Pope Artist in Residence at NSCAD University, Halifax, NS in fall 2021. She is also a member of a Toronto-based project space the plumb and a programmer for the Toronto Palestine Film Festival. For more information, please visit her website.
Artist Statement: One of my mother’s life lessons was how to clean myself. At some point I realized that all my pits had the ability to smell, and I was ready for the tender reminder that a daily dose of soap and water will do. My mother’s tips on how to tend to my body come with sweet scents, sometimes more rosy, other times more chemical-y. They come with open palms full of liquid, often glittery, creamy, and sometimes pebbly. They leave me feeling polished, invincible—at least for a little while. A mother’s lesson is hard to forget: it fades, but it always reemerges in the most peripheral parts of the everyday. That’s where it lives, safe from being erased or rewritten.