Her days revolve around her utilitarian Atwater Village studio, a cavernous space filled with antique ephemera.
She'll tell you she's been in hiding for six years, casting off the pretensions that came with life as a famous (and infamous) Hollywood impresario."It was a great time," Demme said last week of that raucous era at the Roosevelt Hotel, when A-listers clamored to get into her parties. Lost my mind."PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times FOR THE RECORD: Amanda Demme: In the May 4 Calendar section, an article about photographer Amanda Demme said that Demme's work is being shown at the Venice gallery Oblivion. Now 47, Demme lives a quieter existence as a fine art portrait photographer.
It was a mature, but stylish crowd and not lacking in celebrity.
Joaquin Phoenix, Maria Bello, Vince Vaughn and Gina Gershon milled around while lesser knowns ate spaghetti off small plates and marveled at the work's realism.
A dozen or more portraits were stacked against a far wall, each image depicting various shades of resignation and even naked despair.
She was traipsing around her studio as she spoke, draped in a vintage men's jacket, her curly mane covered by a wide-brimmed felt hat she made herself, pausing periodically to dissect one of her images.
"I don't have anybody's numbers anymore," she said.FULL COVERAGE: 2013 Spring arts preview Still, Demme's private opening on Wednesday night was so packed it was tough to see the art.Mother of two and widow of film director Ted Demme, Amanda Scheer-Demme has made a name for herself in many different areas of the entertainment world. Everyday objects from the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries inspire her to create images so hyper-real, they're often mistaken for oil paintings from some indeterminate past."It's the most vulnerable place you can be," Demme said of her life as a visual artist.
On a cloudy afternoon last week, Demme was scrambling to prepare for the show.One of her long antique worktables was strewn with prints and she studied every one, as if seeing it for the first time.