I have a fascination with modern human life: the sense of identity, cultural conflicts, degeneration and loss of spirituality. As a result I have a tendency to work with fragments. Found materials; broken items; small incongruous objects or images that when combined together make sense or tell a story as a whole.
I am drawn towards the beauty of the overlooked such as deteriorating or abandoned spaces or objects that have fallen into disrepair, that are being reclaimed by nature. I wish to create worlds filled with the beauty of deterioration that the viewer may interact and enclose themselves in.
Both & Two
Thrown Into The Sea
Wondered How [Inextricably Tangled]
b. 1991, Whittier, CA.
Lives and works in San Francisco, CA.
My process of image making draws directly from my experience working as a sign painter on windows, buildings, and construction sites around the city. I’m drawn to American Industrial aesthetics and iconic Chicano imagery, inspired by my Southern California upbringing. My paintings are composed of vibrant colors, simple illustrations and typographic elements, which blur the distinction between the manufactured and the handmade. My paintings are rendered onto the backside of glass pieces with enamel paints and gold leaf employing the traditional techniques of hand lettering, pin striping, glass gilding, and screen-printing. Through the process of layering imagery between pieces of glass, I’ve come to see my paintings as windows of documentation through which evidence of my personal lineage and process of production can be explored. I’m interested in the nostalgic relationship I have to my family’s craft of sign making and how I can relate to this prior generation of blue-collar workers and folk artists in my image making through the repetition of their actions. I’m motivated by my intention to learn and implement techniques of handmade modes of production in an effort to ensure that the visual languages that inspire me do not become obsolete.
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Ann-Marie Manker was born in Long Beach, California and lives and works in Atlanta, GA. She received her BFA at The University of Southern California, Los Angeles and her MFA in Drawing and Painting at Georgia State University. She teaches full-time at SCAD Atlanta in the Foundation Studies and Illustration Department. Manker founded and directed ArtSpot gallery from 2001-2004. The gallery was awarded "Best Alternative Art Space 2003", in Atlanta by Creative Loafing Magazine. In 2005 she formed Golden Blizzard art collective with fellow artist Alex Kvares, exhibiting at Youngblood Gallery, Eyedrum, MOCA GA, Marcia Wood Gallery and the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center. She was awarded the Forward Arts FoundationEmerging Artist Award grant for 2006. She was also selected for Transatlantic 2006, Artists in Residence International, exhibiting in Berlin, Germany. Manker has exhibited widely throughout Atlanta and the Southeast, as well as in Los Angeles and Seattle at Roq la Rue Gallery. Manker was a Hambidge Fellow/Fulton county grant recipient in 2009. In 2010, she was selected for the 2010 Women to Watch Biennial Exhibition at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, in Washington D.C. Currently she is represented by Whitespace Gallery in Atlanta, GA and exhibited solo exhibitions in 2008, 2010, 2013 and 2015. Manker’s work is in the collection of the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA.
heart reflection II
jumpoff joe creek
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