Prayers in High Desert II
Gouache on Paper
27" X 22" (unframed work on paper)
Mance’s new exhibition Still Life re-contextualizes the traditional meaning of Still Life. By using the Still Life genre, she contemplates the meaning of stillness in art-making, intimate discourse, introspection of personal and ancestral history, spirituality, and meditation. Mance refers to her gouache and colored pencil works as assemblages or collages symbolic of these contemplations and the different spiritual influences in her life. The artwork in Still Life specifically references the transmutation of death and rebirth, intimate family-based faith, practices and heirlooms, and her personal relationship to ritual.