Winston Wächter Fine Art Seattle is pleased to announce artist Amanda Manitach’s solo exhibition titled Mirrors. Manitach is known for her delicate drawings that cleverly play with popular phrases and feminine imagery. The humor in her works allow us to more comfortably consider the expectations of “proper female behavior” and the many contradictions those standards encompass. Much of her work pulls from social media and the hashtag language we have come to embrace as expressions of one’s tribe. In her latest body of work, Manitach uses mirrors to complete the “selfie” style of communication which has become the norm.
About her work, Manitach says, “for an era ensconced in positive affirmations, self-defining aspirational texts, and personal poetic mantras, these works offer yet another tool to curate the catalogue of the self.”
Using a combination of sandblast etching and hand tinted mirroring, Manitach creates tension and balance by combining industrial style fabrication with delicate patterning. With these mirrored works she is again playing with expectations – pushing concepts further by questioning fine art and functionality. Some of her pieces can be used as actual mirrors, while others are completely consumed by pattern and text. For Manitach, all of her artwork has the potential to blur boundaries and question how we see ourselves, in this case quite literally.
Manitach’s works have been exhibited at the Frye Art Museum, Bellevue Arts Museum and the Tacoma Art Museum. From 2012-2015 she served as curator of Hedreen Gallery at Seattle University. She has also co-founded and co-directed multiple mixed-use arts spaces in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, including TMRW Party and The Factory.