Fine Arts chair Stephanie DeManuelle is branching out. New works, inspired by a multi-twigged piece of driftwood, were on display last month at the Corscaden Arts & Barn Gallery in Keene Valley, NY. Three were oil paintings and another was an oil and charcoal on panel. The Essex County town of Keene Valley is also the origin of the driftwood that DeManuelle welcomed into her studio.
by Stephanie DeManuelle
The paintings “look like they can be landscape-derived. They are all … sort of variations on a theme,” DeManuelle told Robin Caudell of the Press-Republican, an upstate newspaper. “I do a lot of texture in my work and lots of viscosity with the paint.”
DeManuelle’s studio table:
photo: Melissa Starke
“I’m referencing what I’m looking at,” said DeManuelle of her driftwood. “I was going back and forth with charcoal and oil paint and leaving some bits uncovered so everything isn’t thick.”
And the inspirational driftwood:
Photo: Melissa Starke
“The driftwood is the star now,” says DeManuelle with a big smile.
Check out previous posts about Stephanie DeManuelle’s work:
Watch it here! The fine art of Stephanie DeManuelle
Fine Art as Book Art
“Natural, instinctual and quick” is how fine arts student Chanel Mehyo describes her chalk pastels, charcoal and acrylic paint drawings that appear in the Junior BFA “Selections” exhibition in the Pomerantz Building lobby. Mehyo completed the series in experimental drawing class, taught by Prof. Stephanie DeManuelle, chair of fine arts. The class says Mehyo “helped me become more fearless.”
“You can see in Chanel’s work what an amazing sense of color she has. Her whole shape sensitivity is also amazing,” says DeManuelle. “She uses really beautiful color juxtapositions.
Chanel Mehyo chalk and acrylic drawings
“Chanel uses dry and wet media, charcoal, acrylic paint and chalk. It’s the impulse of the project to develop a vocabulary that is used throughout the series with mixed media, ” says DeManuelle, who encourages students to explore contemporary drawing techniques. “Students are meant to develop multiple works using similar strategies in each of the pieces.”
Chanel Mehyo’s series cont.
Mehyo wants to continue her studies post graduation to become an art therapist.
The Selections exhibit will be on display until January 28, 2013.
“The filmmaker shows the way artists think and work to overcome obstacles and get past their struggles. Artists work their way through things…It verifies what art students are doing,”
- Stephanie DeManuelle, Chair of Fine Arts
On Monday November 14, a film screening of “The Art of Stephanie DeManuelle,” was held in a lecture room packed with students and faculty. The film shows DeManuelle in her studios in New York and the Adirondacks. It includes interviews with gallerists and another artist.
“I am thrilled with the discussion the film inspired,” says DeManuelle. “I knew that the filmmaker, Robert DiMaio, had an idea of what artists do. He has made 60 of these films. He envisions using films about artists to show in schools. The filmmaker shows the way artists think and work to overcome obstacles and get past their struggles. It’s an excellent model for school kids.”
- “”Untitled,” by Stephanie DeManuelle
The approximately 10 minute film can be seen by clicking on the embedded link: “The Art of Stephanie DeManuelle.”
Art work used with permission.
Pastel strokes and earth tones introduce a new book by playwright and novelist, Joanna Gunderson. The front and back cover art for “she or the unknown person,” was created by Fine Arts Department Chair, Stephanie DeManuelle. The 159-page paperback was recently published by Red Dust, Inc.
Stephanie DeManuelle's book cover drawing
Prominent in DeManuelle’s work, and what can be seen in her book cover art “is gesture, movement and turbulence,” states her website stephaniedemanuelle.com. “The rhythms are meant to be a ‘stand in’ for the invisible forces, sensations and tensions that govern our consciousness.”
Image used with permission