My work, although abstract is directly inspired by the natural world. Other perhaps more subtle artistic influences include: stone age cave painting, Baroque art, nautical charts, Surrealism and Abstract Expressionism. Although I strive for a finished piece, the beauty for me is in the process of making art. Starting out with beginner mind, an initial gesture and relying heavily on the random act of chance and the correct alignment of time and space: the image shifts as the rhythms and cycles of seasons, nature, earth, tides and life are evoked. The pieces are drawn, painted, printed, wiped out, scratched into, cut up, collaged, erased, glued down, torn up, painted over, turned around and everything shifts again. The final image is always an unexpected surprise.
“It’s good to have an end to journey toward, but it’s the journey that matters, in the end.” Ursula K. LeGuin
Erika Manning is a multi – media visual artist residing in Mid Coast 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.