A Myth of Creation by Amanda T. McIntyre

Amanda T. McIntyre is a feminist writer and multi-media artist whose work examines relationships between women, through the evocation of mythologies.

McIntyre is an advocate for the rights of gender and sexuality minorities. She is one of the directors of WOMANTRA; a Caribbean based feminist organization that focuses on: scholarship, activism and social programs.

She has designed and produced poster campaigns as part of her work in activism. In 2016 her project ‘By Accident and By Design’ was featured in the ‘Fearlessly FRIDA’ international exhibition of poster art. This initiative was a collaboration between ‘The Fearless Collective’ and ‘FRIDA: The Young Feminist Fund.’

ARTIST STATMENT:
“For Cynthia’ is a collection of photographs and literature produced by Amanda T. McIntyre that documents a long distance relationship between two women who shared a home before separating, to continue the relationship in different locations; corresponding with each other by post.

The work is a reflection on the process of creating space through art, in which the parameters of love are explored. Words and images are utilized to develop structure in the relationship and to fill up the distance between the women.

It is an admonition to believe in and to pursue love without boundaries.”

“XAMI’ is a comic book set in contemporary Trinidad written by Amanda T. McIntyre and illustrated by Nikita Joseph. The work features female protagonists and explores the intersecting politics of: race, gender, sexuality and mental health.

The narrative focuses on Xora Nash Hurston; a writer who for years had a column in a local newspaper. In her mid-twenties she was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and mild clinical depression. She resigned from her job at the paper to focus on self-care and on developing her portfolio. After publishing her first novel she became increasingly reclusive.

Lenny Marvel is a photographer and Xora’s best friend. She supports Xora through her mental health challenges and encourages her career as a writer. Lenny suggests, at the start of the narrative, that Xora should attend a public lecture on ‘The Disembodied Self in West Indian Literature.’ At the lecture Xora meets Adrienne Wright.

Adrienne is a West Indian Literature scholar and professor at the local university. She and Xora begin dating and soon develop a romantic relationship. Adrienne periodically publishes reflections about their relationship on a blog called, ‘Paging Leonard Woolf.’ Adrienne’s friends and colleagues have mixed feelings about her involvement with the ‘crazy writer.’”