My work responds to current global weather patterns and the fragile, fleeting hold we have on the world; the ever changing climatic extremes and unexpected events happening everywhere. My process engages directly in some of these weather conditions, ie. torrential rains, snow and ice. Working intuitively, I begin my drawings using my hands to carve and draw during these climatic changes in weather on unconventional surfaces such as windowpanes and car windshields to expose only parts of the landscape outside. I quickly photograph these images or "drawings" before they melt, erase or are blown away. I use these as starting points to create drawings on Mylar in my studio, and more recently drawings on roofing paper. I am continually intriqued by these physical drawing surfaces I have chosen to work on; the surfaces we have developed against the forces of nature such as windshields and roofing paper. I simousltaneously try to express an inside and an outside world; the manmade intimate spaces inside a car or house in contrast to an uncontrollable landscape outside.What is intrinsic to my art is the ambiguity and tension between these physical surfaces, the interior and exterior environment. Like glass, which shields and separates us from the harsh elements in nature, roofing paper has been used for more than a hundred years to prevent the ingress of these these inclement weather conditions into our interior spaces. The surface of Mylar also is like a veil in that I can work on the front or back, much like working on both surfaces of a windshield.
Artist Bio / CV
Manter was born and raised in the State of Maine and has been living and working between New York City and Seal Cove, Maine. Her photographs and drawings are based on the elements of weather, the environment and landscape. Recently, Dieu Donne Press published a limited edition book, collaborating with poet Stuart Kestenbaum, titled Water Prayers. Recent exhibitions include “Huellas,” a one-person exhibition at the College of the Atlantic, “Arboreal” the Central Park Arsenal Gallery and a travel group exhibition abroad. Recent exhibitions and projects include: “Desire Lines, ” Waterfall Arts, Belfast, Maine; “Weatherly,” Snug Harbor Newhouse Gallery, New York; “Road Work,” DM Contemporary Gallery, New York; “Natural Routes” Aucosico Gallery, Portland, Maine; and “Drawings” at Sideshow Gallery, New York. Manter’s projects include an invitational artist-in-residence at the Princeton University Atelier, founded and directed by author Toni Morrison. She has created a site-specific installation at the Saint Peter’s Cathedral Citicorp Building, New York. Her work is in numerous collections including Whitney Museum of Art, The Guggenheim Museum, The Brooklyn Museum. She recently was a recipient of a Verrazano Foundation Grant, a David Garner Project Fund, Princeton University, two New York Foundation for the Arts Grants and an Ariana Foundation Grant, among others. Manter founded and directs Mount Desert Symposium in the Arts which has been a yearly interdisciplinary arts and science program held in Maine. She has taught extensively at Princeton University, Parsons School of Design and currently at Stevens Institute of Art and Technology. Residencies include MacDowell Colony, Fundacion Valparaiso, Heliker Lohatan and Fairfield Porter's Art-Week on Great Sprucehead Island, Maine.