Deanna Mance's artwork explores both the interplay of the conscious and subconscious and the relationship between nature and human experience. Mance uses freehand techniques and spontaneous mark-making as tools allowing her artwork to build and grow without the restrictions of self awareness or premeditation. Through this approach, Mance embraces the unpredictable qualities and uncertain outcomes of her artwork. Lines can lure and persuade. They captivate through rhythmic movements and provoke through a sense of grace. Mance is drawn to the fluidity and sincerity of the organic line and the pervasiveness of geometry in nature. Her aesthetic, motifs of intricate, geometric elements organically arranged, reflects her interests in the passage of time, overlooked details in the everyday, and her compulsion towards repetition. Part of her studio process includes salvaging found materials that either become integrated within the art-making or collected as a source of inspiration. Mance is creatively fueled by the constraints of limited materials and the act of improvisation throughout her artistic process.
Mance has completed several artwork commissions. Her City Composition was the first mural commissioned for asphalt in Pittsburgh, and the first artwork for the Strawberry Way street mural program. Comprised of colorful, geometric shapes, Mance’s mural design was influenced by the surrounding architecture in Strawberry Way and the region’s curvaceous topography. Mindful of its surroundings, the mural was seen as an abstraction of the city and region. Some, who passed by the mural as Mance worked, claimed to have seen arching bridges, city steps, and train tracks. Moreover, forms that are found in the mural were inspired by conversations that Mance had with pedestrians during the project. Painted with exterior acrylic paint followed by a clear coat, this was the largest artwork that Mance completed. For her, the process of working on this commission explored the boundaries and possibilities between her usual medium of paper and those discovered by painting on asphalt.
Mance's emphasis on creative expression comes from her work experience in arts education and administration at The Carnegie Museum of Art, The Hyde Park Art Center, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, and Sunburst School of Music over the past fifteen years. As a teacher, she uses art as a remedial activity to foster confidence, self awareness, personal growth, and reconciliation of emotional conflicts. In 2012, Mance integrated her passion for the arts with end-of-life care by becoming a life enrichment coordinator for those living with Alzheimer's and dementia in skilled nursing facilities and rehabilitation centers. In 2014, she became a facilitator for Pittsburgh Death Cafes building relationships with a rich community of death-positive end-of-life care advocates. Mance became a certified death doula through Promise Hospice in 2018 and she continues to connect and work within the deathcare community.
Born in Cleveland Ohio, Mance currently lives and works in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. Notable exhibitions include; "Bury Your Art Seeds" at Loyola University in Chicago Illinois, The Pittsburgh International Airport, "AAP 99th Annual" at The Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, "21st Century Watercolor" at Bankside Gallery in London United Kingdom, "Art of the State" at The State Museum of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg. She also runs an alternative gallery space, Goldmine, with her husband David Oresick.
Upcoming BoxHeart Exhibition in 2020.