Amanda Manitach Opening

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Roq La Rue Gallery says
Please join us for the opening night party for Amanda Manitach's new solo exhibition "Nothing Left To Say". We will be exhibiting a range of her provocative and labor intensive "text" works.

Amanda Manitach is a self-taught artist and the daughter of a Charismatic Christian minister. Obsession, devotion, ecstatic states, manias and sexuality are of particular interest.

In Manitach’s large-scale wallpaper drawings, text melts into vibrating, hallucinatory design sourced from a 1885 French wallpaper sample. The pieces harken to Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper.” In creating them, she invokes a similar physicality to the story's protagonist, generating drawings up to 30 feet long rendered tediously with a 0.5 mm mechanical pencil. The pieces are the product of frottage: smudged, worn and covered with fingerprints where the artist’s body has been.

These offer one response to the intersection of western medicine, psychology, spirituality, and female sexuality spanning 140 years (beginning in 1878 with the documentation of the Salpetriere’s iconic star patient Augustine to the present stereotypification of the Xanax-infused housewife holed up in every God-fearing American kitchen). The 19th century hysteric’s howl is traceable in contemporary feminist culture, where strategies of self-objectification and the cultivation of hypersexual personas are a means of reclaiming agency.
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