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Isabel Manalo
updated: 01/27/2011
website: www.isabelmanalo.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Fallen
Momentary Glimpses of You
Ravished
Pieces of Me
Asunder
Flash Flood
Lark Ascending
The Conversation
Where Are You Now?
Bottom Feeder
Squiddy
Altar
Dix Huit
Moving On
Manila
 
Portfolio Keywords:  abstract, collage, biomorphic, landscape, fantasy, nature, identity, memory, surreal, systems
 
 
Fallen by Isabel Manalo
Fallen
Cut photographs, enamel and acrylic on mylar
Dec. 2009
32" x  30" 
Momentary Glimpses of You by Isabel Manalo
Momentary Glimpses of You
Oil on Board
2010
30" x  40"  x 2" 
Ravished by Isabel Manalo
Ravished
Cut photographs, enamel and acrylic on yupo
2010
20" x  30" 
Pieces of Me by Isabel Manalo
Pieces of Me
Oil on Board
2010
36" x  48"  x 2" 
Asunder by Isabel Manalo
Asunder
Oil, Latex and cut photographs on primed paper
2010
55" x  55" 
Flash Flood by Isabel Manalo
Flash Flood
Cut photographs, enamel and acrylic on yupo
Dec. 2009
16" x  26" 
Lark Ascending by Isabel Manalo
Lark Ascending
Oil on Board
2008
40" x  40"  x 2" 
The Conversation by Isabel Manalo
The Conversation
Cut photographs, enamel and acrylic on mylar
2010
30" x  32" 
Where Are You Now? by Isabel Manalo
Where Are You Now?
Oil on Board
2010
36" x  36"  x 2" 
Bottom Feeder by Isabel Manalo
Bottom Feeder
Cut photographs, enamel and acrylic on mylar
2010
30" x  40" 
Squiddy by Isabel Manalo
Squiddy
Cut photograph and acrylic on mylar
2009
40" x  40" 
Altar by Isabel Manalo
Altar
Cut photograph and acrylic on mylar
2010
30" x  30" 
Dix Huit by Isabel Manalo
Dix Huit
Acrylic and Cut Photographs on Mylar
December 2010
20" x  16" 
Moving On by Isabel Manalo
Moving On
Acrylic and Photographs on Mylar
December 2010
20" x  16" 
Manila by Isabel Manalo
Manila
Cut Photgraphs and Paper on Wall
Ongoing
60" x  72" 

Artist Statement

I am currently creating ‘scapes’ and creatures that evoke a time and space that is fleeting, fragmented and even mutated. My hybrid process of appropriation, collage, pouring paint, detailed brushwork and abstracting form and nature is metaphorical, if not reflective of a search for meaning behind my Filipino post-colonial identity as well as uplifting a world to a place that is other-worldly. This re-envisioning and re-representation of the cut up photographs mixed with paint into an abstracted landscape or mutated form is an attempt to try and make sense of a history, culture and place that is so politically and religiously layered. 

The photograph, both as a subject/object and source, is an integral component in what I call my collage project. Its physicality in the painting serves as a contrasting form that becomes iconographic and literal. It is a medium of capturing and altering the real world towards further manipulation on Photoshop.

Formally, I am influenced by Chinese landscape painting and the manner the artists created each deliberate mark towards emphasizing the relevance of the negative white space. I see it as a form of light yet symbolic also of a space that is somehow suspended and inertial in this blazing light that recalls dreams and nightmares all at once.

Artist Bio / CV

BIO

Isabel Manalo

b. St. Louis, MO

 

Isabel Manalo’s work has been exhibited and collected internationally for over ten years. She grew up in Madison, WI and currently lives in Washington D.C. She has shown at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, The Katzen Art Center, The Arlington Arts Center, The McLean Project for the Arts and The Creative Arts Alliance in Baltimore. Her work is in numerous collections both private and public including the National Academy of Sciences in Washington D.C., the U.S. Embassies in Bulgaria, Kazakhstan and Nepal. She has been featured in two volumes of the Mid-Atlantic Region’s New American Painting (2004 and 2006). She received her MFA in Painting from Yale University, a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a BA in Art from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.