Eva Mantell has exhibited her artwork at the Hunterdon Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, the Jersey City Museum, ICA Boston, LaMama ETC, The Peekskill Project, DUMBO Arts, Cortijada Los Gazquez, Spain, Foto Antwerpen as well as with the arts collective Overflow at Planthouse Gallery, NYC, and Mt. Airy Contemporary, PA. Upcoming group shows include Animal Architecture at the D and R Greenway in Princeton as well as the Monmouth Museum, NJ, and The Politics of Water at the Bernstein Gallery, Princeton University. She has a BA from the University of Pennsylvania, magna cum laude, and an MFA from the School of Visual Arts, NYC and lives and works in Princeton, NJ where she is Community Outreach Manager at the Arts Council of Princeton.
My artwork is a series of rule-based projects beginning with simple forms and gestures and testing their tolerance for change. Change underlies the environment, evolution, the coalescing of accreted marks to form structure, attention, awareness and interior life. Thought and emotion become form through action, process, doing and undoing. Change is constant but art lets us pause one frame at a time. What does the life of a moment look and feel like? How does it move to the next moment?
I work with things that are at hand: paper cups, magazines, natural materials, etc. Magazines present a kind of compressed kaleidoscopic experience. I am thinking about the act of reading as something physical, tactile, emotional. Light, temperature, fingerprints, breath, ink, dust, memory. My paintings are about thinking my way through written pages: reading, history, erasure, fragmentation, new forms.
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