how does a flower know how to be a flower?

@SarahKatherineStengle writes about my work this month for the blog Mathematical Art and I’m just so amazed by the way she connects art and math. She came for a studio visit and I mentioned one of my all time favorite questions, which I find to be a beautiful entity all on its own, with or without an answer: how does a flower know how to become a flower? It was posed by the mathematician Alan Turing. Sarah explains it and connects math and art in an insightful and inspiring way. It’s a joy and an honor to become part of Sarah’s vision and thinking. Thank you so much Sarah! 

Eva Mantell: Finding Structural Beauty in the Ephemeral

Summer Show

2017 Acrylic with magazine pages on canvas: The Fabric

Animal Architects at the Monmouth Museum connects our own art practice to animals as architects, engineers, planners and makers. Here’s a recent article on the show from the Asbury Free Press

ice and memory

so please to share a blog post I wrote about Pages From the Frozen Sea for the site Artists and Climate Change. It’s great to be a part of a conversation about art and culture responding to climate change. The site is a fantastic resource and I’m particularly interested in learning more about their special emphasis on theater and the environment.


My post is about ice and freezing and melting and emotion. It’s about art, book arts, experimental collaborative projects and decentralized art action. The project is a curatorial and art collaboration with Sarah Stengle that takes place on Facebook as well as Instagram. For me the experience was a rare chance to learn from Sarah and all the other artists who contributed. image by Sarah Stengle

Pages from the Frozen Sea

Pages from the Frozen Sea is a new project I’m co-curating with the wonderful artist Sarah Stengle. Artists and poets and performers are invited to work in under and with ice and we are posting to facebook. There are some amazing entries so far and it’s only just started. Here is one of mine:

Deadline: Jan 28, 2017.

My photograph of a photograph trapped in ice for Pages from the Frozen Sea


talking about Start Fresh exhibit

I had a chance to talk about the Start Fresh exhibit at The Arts Council of Princeton in a piece called Curator Eva Mantell on Art, Wellness and Nature

I was talking about the artists in the show and about Mary Granville Delany, an inspiration:

“To me it’s very mysterious how that happened,” Mantell said in awe of the 72-year-old who suddenly transitioned into being an artist, “having the ambition to do about 1,000 pieces of art over 10 years, and they’re actually beautiful, brilliant pieces. It’s not just, ‘Oh, she did a lot to keep herself busy.’ It’s a compulsion that strikes her at this age.”

According to Mantell, Delany’s floral works were cut and painted paper collages – a process that, particularly in the late 1700s, was slow and rigorous.

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