Born Quinter, KS, 1979. Lives and works in Seattle, WA.
I am a self-taught artist and the daughter of a Charismatic Christian minister who grew up in rural Kansas and Texas before moving to Seattle in my early 20's. As a child I spoke in tongues and wanted to be a missionary. I earned a degree literature from Oral Roberts University in 2001, after which the complexities of my faith began taking their toll. I have been a practicing artist living and working in Seattle for the past decade. I am currently represented by Winston Wächter Seattle. I am fascinated by history, art, the politics surrounding the female body, and by art that borders on obsessive, meditative devotion. I sometimes have a dirty sense of humor.
ABOUT THE DRAWINGS
In her large drawings, text melts into vibrating, hallucinatory design sourced from a 1885 French wallpaper sample. The pattern harkens to Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s story “The Yellow Wallpaper.” With them, Manitach invokes a similar defiant, obsessive physicality to the protagonist, making drawings up to 30 feet long rendered with a 0.5 mm mechanical pencil. The resulting work is the product of frottage: smudged, worn and covered with traces of the body.
Texts incorporated in the work are sourced from the Internet; quotes from figures viewed as “hysterical” or suggesting otherness and outsider mores; and pop culture memes. Combined, they offer a response to cliches that embody the intersection of western medicine, pathology, feminism and female sexuality, from Charcot's hysterics to the 21st century Xanax-infused housewife.
Manitach's work has been exhibited at venues including Tacoma Art Museum, Frye Art Museum, Bellevue Arts Museum, Bryan Ohno Gallery, Roq la Rue, Lawrimore Project and Planthouse Gallery. She is represented by Winston Wächter in Seattle. From 2012-2015 she served as curator of Hedreen Gallery at Seattle University. She co-founded and co-directed multiple mixed-use arts spaces in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood, including TMRW Party (2014) and The Factory (2015-16). She holds a BA in Literature (2001) from Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, OK.