When I exhibit my artwork I abbreviate my name to L. Mylott Manning to free it from gender associations.
Spinning, ripping, placing, throwing, pulling, painting over, rearranging and rotating are a few words to describe my action-based process.
Themes of identity, gender roles, archetypes, fantasy, screen culture and the collective experience are explored in my cross-disciplinary practice. I use a diverse range of materials including textiles, paint, and found objects to create narratives that investigate interpersonal relationships.
Currently in my studio, I have stacks of stretched canvases leaning against the wall. A rotation occurs, I pull one canvas out and begin to work on it by building up the texture, then putting it aside or placing it back, I take out another. The cycle continues until a sequence of finished pieces emerges. My assemblage work has developed from this method of production.
Pushing it further, I deconstruct the stretched canvases and analyze what each component means to the greater whole. The stretcher bars act as a framework and the canvas is a support system to the painting. At times, I flip the canvas around and display my works backward as a commentary to the necessity of fabric to painting.
During my site-specific performances, I alter my materials and create installations that continually change and evolve; offering the audience a different experience each time it is viewed.
My interactive sculptures encourage people to be proactive. When they participate the life of work is extended and a genuine feeling of contribution and accomplishment occurs.
My works-on-canvas explore interconnectivity, intuitive mark making, and metaphysical networks of energy. Through a repetitive process, I create multiple layers of paint and fabric. My mandala series metaphorically address the interconnected and layered world we live in and the necessity for balance. Textiles are traditionally associated with ‘women’s work' and have a long history of telling stories of interior spaces and labor. I incorporate salvaged fabrics from clothing and domestic materials imbued with these narratives to highlight their importance. My goal is also to bring awareness to the environmental crisis ‘fast fashion’ is creating.
My intention is to empower the viewers of my artwork with a stronger sense self-identity and consciousness.
Manning holds a BFA, Sculpture from Rhode Island School of Design, 2001, an MFA, Interdisciplinary Arts, from Vermont College of Fine Arts, 2009, and studied Printmaking at Pont Aven School of Contemporary Art in France. Selected exhibitions include: The Lodge Gallery, AiOP: Recall, New York, NY; The National Arts Club, Gramercy Park, New York, NY; A:Live/A:Love, curated by Malcolm Harris-Perez, The Muse Creative, New York, NY; Art Inside, curated by Gigi Kracht, Baur au Lac, Zurich, CH; Group Suit: A Day in the Park, presented by New York City Parks & Recreation, Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, United Nations Headquarters, New York, NY; 700 Spools of Thread (Keep it Together) chashama, supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, New York, NY; Collective Spinning, as part of Fritz Haeg’s Sundown Schoolhouse, presented at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT. Artist's residencies include Arquetopia Foundation, Puebla, Mexico, The Banff Centre, Alberta, Canada and Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, Vermont. Recently, Manning delivered a keynote address at the New York State Art Teachers Association annual conference.
The Associated Press, Boston Globe, Huffington Post, Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, Hartford Courant, Columbia Spectator, Brooklyn Rail and Time Out New York have reviewed/featured Manning’s work.
Manning is a contributing artist to the World Council of the Peoples for the United Nations journal Centerpoint Now. The focus of the publication is sustainability; contributors represent a diverse group of artists and activists including director David Lynch. The journal is distributed to the Smithsonian and other prestigious institutions around the world. For further information please click here.