Erika Manning’s solo show re-examines her deep connection to the Maine landscape. Her paintings although abstract are directly inspired by Maine’s gorgeous clear light, the colors of pine trees, ocean, and lobster buoys, as well as the shapes of rock, islands, maps and boats. Although she strives for a finished piece, the beauty for her is in the process of making art. Starting out with beginner mind and initial gesture and relying heavily on the random acts of chance and the correct alignment of time and space: the image shifts as the rhythms and cycles of seasons, nature, earth, life and tides are evoked. The final image is a map of the passage of time, the paths taken, the colors chosen, the shapes drawn, of the emotional weather and the conversations with the piece itself. The final image is always a surprise.
Erika Manning is a multimedia visual artist residing in midcoast Maine. She pursues the idea of “beginner mind” in all her work, believing that the process of creating is just as important as the finished piece. In her work, it is often the visual history of the passage of time, of the marks made, the colors chosen, the shapes drawn, the emotional weather and the conversations with the piece itself that she finds the most engaging and intriguing.
“It’s good to have an end to journey toward, but it’s the journey that matters, in the end.” Ursula K. LeGuin