Untitled (Self Portrait) is the first project created by the artist as an MFA Candidate (2017) at the School of Art Institute of Chicago in 2015. Untitled (Self Portrait) is an investigation into using bread dough as a medium to create multi disciplinary works that stimulate a conversation and exploration as a medium to represent the body. Amato is interested in how the use of a domestic medium can shift within a space of differing artistic mediums such as drawing, photography, performance and video to confront or convey issues of female body consciousness within contemporary culture, i.e personal relationships with ones own body over a lifetime and the aging process. By using an ephemeral, organic and time-based medium, a sense of urgency is created and relationships formed between ideas of birth, aging, time, expansion, relationships, body limits, decay and death.
In her dough performance created specifically for video, Amato set up seven cameras to capture her attempt at kneading her weight in dough. The process was endured over an hour long single session and eventuated in the artist laying with her weight in dough over a further two hour period, captured using time lapse photography as the bread dough rose around and engulfed her body. Amato had to eventually pull away from the performance as her left eye was stinging and her second nostril was about to be consumed by the dough, preventing her from breathing.