womanness as                      

womanness as    archive of overflow

CHAPTER 1, TRANCE-MISSION: A friend says to me: I know you’re on a solitary journey—

Threeway FaceTime. LA hillside, LA lakeside, Greece. Two babies between them. Plenty of work between me. I’m still in my kimono, second round of coffee.

I know you’re on a solitary journey. I know you’re on a secret journey. A journey I can’t see, magic I can’t understand.

Winter night sky, leaves in my hair. Naked under my nightgown and beckoning at the windows. My feet slip from my shoes as he grabs my hand. Later, I fall asleep like a spell, waking before the dawn. Liebeszauber1. Love Magic.

“Privacy of any stripe had always been viewed in the Middle Ages as ‘an unnatural condition to be remedied,’ the province of outlawry, depravity and magic. To desire privacy was to cultivate secrets.”2

Long hair, blood drips, empty beds, dark skies, the written word, the spoken word, birdsong, my song, plants sprouting new roots, new growth, my body in prayer, in motion, in meditation, in devotion, in depravity, in desire, breath, blues, technology, dirt, his gasp of pleasure, the light through my camera. All of it, strange magic.

womanness was created in 2020 by artist and educator amanda shank as an experiment in open practice for a progressive body of work emerging from the erotic and mythopoetic expressions of female identity.

womanness is also interested in: magic, performativity, writing the body, ritual as script, diaries, the obscene, limited editions, archiving, & alternative creative economies.


visual exploration
poetic investigation
personal practice
erotic expression
performance of self authorship
visual-verbal love song3
pursuit of a new archetype
living metaphor
nocturnal poem4
archive of overflow
map of intuition
experiment in open research
a record of becoming

1Love Magic or The Love Spell, anonymous artist, 15th century
2“Fascinated by Fascination: Female Privacy and the Leipzig ‘Love Magic’ panel”
3Mann, Sally. Hold Still, Little Brown and Company, 2015, pp. 208.
4Paz, Octavio. “The Kingdom of Pan.” Translated by Helen Lane. The Double Flame: Love and Eroticism, Harcourt, Inc., 1995, pp. 18.

The limited edition artist books/performance scripts featured on this site are available for creative exchange:


Digital copies of all books are also available to download for free.