In my artwork I try to pay attention to what happens when everyday materials take on the possibility of change and reconsideration.
The materials I use come with an eagerness to solve certain small problems, while larger problems loom.
My awareness wants an honesty about limitations — gravity, boundaries, problems, our wrongness — and an honesty about a dream of freedom and abandon. Pleasure and goodness. Nature. A childlike picture of nature, but still: flowers, fish, clouds, love, seeds, stars. It plays out in our hearts. I’m all for it.
Art as collision between limits and freedom.
I’ve shown my art in a few places, including an outdoor installation at the Arts Council of Princeton, group shows at the Hunterdon Museum, Monmouth Museum, Jersey City Museum, the Institute Library in New Haven, Bernstein Gallery, Princeton University, Mount Airy Contemporary in Philadelphia. I have a BA, University of Pennsylvania, and an MFA, School of Visual Arts, NYC. I’m a part-time lecturer at Creativity House, Douglass College, Rutgers University, lead professional development in the arts and health field, and I’ve created programming in community outreach with special audiences at the Arts Council of Princeton, and the Arts Council of West Windsor, NJ. https://www.instagram.com/evamantell/