Victoria Manganiello is an artist, educator and producer. She creates paintings by spinning, dying and weaving her own canvases, using materials like synthetic and natural dyes, cotton, silk and other mixed materials.
Exploring themes of time, space, and history with abstract imagery, her paintings and installations seek to physically control and manipulate space. Created on a floor loom, every millimeter of the material used to form these paintings and installations has passed through her fingers, each mark carefully considered, yet motivated by intuition.
Her work often focuses around the mysterious and inspiring results of collaboration both between persons and materials.
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The woven structure is a powerful representation of strength and weakness. I create my own canvases to produce paintings that illustrate the possibilities of working in multiple dimensions by adding depth and texture to the spatial aspects of the piece as well as the dimension of time.
We function within society rigidly adhering to the assumed understanding of the concept of time. It is in every way that matters linear; simply stated, one thing happens before the next and after the previous. The heart beats. It follows the beat that preceded it and is, hopefully, followed by another. From the unconscious functioning of our organs to the sharing of our lives with family and friends, we draw lines to connect our experiences together, marking moments as we move.
The act of weaving is linear also; however, I deviate from that prescribed path, utilizing color, tension, and density to take timelines off the straight and into the abstract path, curved by the forces of mass and gravity I am guided.
The appeal of mastering an ancient art so that I can explore its limits and define its future is irresistible. It is intuition that creates structure and whether shorn, shed, or created in a lab, every material that initially passes through my hands informs all that follows.
A dialogue with the medium means that the colors and composition chosen fulfill the purpose of the piece. My woven paintings allow for color and space to interact adjacent to the interaction of medium. Where fiber acts as a ground, color acts as the figure. Where dimension is meaning, artwork is produced.
I use color to create perceptual groupings of form that allow for magic and mystery, producing a space where viewers can impose their own story, their own explanation.These objects, representing and embodying timelines, are simultaneously milestones in my own life, having been born and bred within the context of my life’s moments.
A viewer can place themselves within the woven structure (there is room for them) and find a way to use the abstraction as a mirror into their own lives—whether from the past to the present to the future or in some other order.