Color Woodcut, Contemporary, Prints, Woodcut

Mary Manusos

“For many years my art has held together as a statement of color and response to places and situations I have experienced. Then in 1976, I become fascinated with the bright colors and light of Mexico.”

Oaxaca Column. [Two pieces stacked.]  Mary Manusos. Woodcut on handmade paper, 2010. Monoprint.

Oaxaca Column. [Two pieces stacked.] Mary Manusos. Woodcut on handmade paper, 2010. Monoprint.

We are happy to introduce the work of Mary Manusos to our blog readers. We featured California RB Two. [Hotel California.] and San Francisco LB Two. [Convento San Franciso.] in our RED show, and received many compliments from show attendees on her pieces and work. (San Francisco sold, but California RB Two is still available!) As a result, we recently acquired one of her Oaxaca series prints- a stunning woodcut diptych on handmade paper.

Mary Manusos was born in San Diego, California.  She studied at San Diego State University, then at University of Wisconsin at Madison. Manusos has been creating art for almost four decades and has had numerous single artist shows, juried shows, and has received nine grants. She has written numerous books, including D’ART OBJECTS and Woman’s Self Image. Her work is in numerous public collections including the Museum of Modern Art, Tweed Museum, Cleveland Museum, and the Library of Congress.

Her fascination with the rich colors and textures of Mexican architecture and landscape resulted in the creation of 600 SX-70 photographs, which were manipulated “to accentuate the essence of each particular situation recorded.” The images were edited and published as D’ART OBJECTS, a collaboration between Mary Manusos and John Chakeres, in 1979. These photographs, along with her travels, played an important role in the structure and content of her subsequent art work.

Excerpt from Manusos’ Artist Statement:

“…Prints of landscape and architecture are close up views of a state of documenting then removing from the place they are found.  The resulting portraits of place and form are dismembered and put back together to make new propositions.  These images are usually found in simple situations on the course of a walk.  There is not much that distinguishes one building from another, a ditch, a road, a hedge, a blanket, or a flower.  The distinction comes when I decide to use an image and create its urgency.  The works are in response to what I feel about the Latin American landscape.  A landscape that is given meaning by the lives that it supports.  The variety of ephemera of human intervention and invention on the landscape is of great interest to me.  The history left behind evokes a story as I record it.  I can bring many emotions to the work through the use of my colors and the strength of my lines.  One can feel the weight of the place I am defining and the sunshine that exudes from it’s life force…”

(Mary Manusos, 7/30/09, http://www.marymanusos.com/mmfineartist/Statement.html

California RB Two.  [Hotel California.] Mary Manusos. Woodcut on handmade paper, 2009. Monoprint.

California RB Two. [Hotel California.] Mary Manusos. Woodcut on handmade paper, 2009. Monoprint.

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