Featured Artist, Erika Manning is the guest artist for Pop Up beginning Tuesday, July 24 through Monday, July 30. Read on to learn more about her inspiration, her process, and her work.
“It’s good to have an end to journey toward, but it’s the journey that matters, in the end.” Ursula K. LeGuin
JULY 24 to JULY 30
The work of Erika Manning examines her deep connection to nature and to the Maine landscape. Her paintings although abstract, are directly inspired by Maine’s gorgeous clear light, the colors of pine trees, ocean, and lobster buoys, as well as the shapes of rock, islands, topographical maps, and boats.
Although she strives for a finished piece, the beauty for her is in the process of making art. Starting out with beginner mind, an initial gesture and relying heavily on the random acts of chance and the correct alignment of time and space: the image shifts as the rhythms and cycles of seasons, nature, earth. life and tides are evoked. The final image is a map of the passage of time, the paths taken, the colors chosen, the shapes drawn, of the emotional weather and the conversations with the piece itself.
Manning will be showing her work at Pop Up on Maine Art Hill at 5 Chase Hill Rd. in Kennebunk from July 24 to July 30. The gallery is open every day at 10 am. For more info about Manning and her work, follow this link to her website: erikamanningart.com