The Modern Mystic
My practice explores contemporary mysticism and story telling through a feminist lens.Geometric shapes and organic abstractions juxtapose representational figures; metaphoric and mystical relationships are revealed. I investigate the idea of myth and its relationship to feminism-I use this word with attention to the broader and deeper understanding of what feminism continuously strives toward: a baseline of equality across gender, race, and ideas surrounding the body. I explore these ideas through literal and abstracted (object) presentation.
The sometimes minimal differences between fiction and non-fiction also fascinate me. It occurs to me that truth, to some degree, is nothing more than one's own perception. Fact and fiction subsist off of one another; they are intrinsically connected.
This body of work, titled The Modern Mystic has also been heavily influenced by artist Hieronymus Bosch, the occult, the sea and horror films from Japan, Italy and France from the 1910s-1970s.
Rebecca Manias (born in Canada) is a visual artist whose practice focuses on painting, print-making, and mixed-media art, with a strong influence from the legitimate and fictionalized interpretations of the occult, primarily as it relates to feminism. Rebecca received her MSc. in Contemporary Art History from the University of Edinburgh in 2010, and Her B.A in Visual Arts and Art History from McMaster University in 2007. Rebecca has participated in group and solo exhibitions in Canada and the U.K., and had her work in several juried exhibitions. She is actively engaged in scenic design and Art direction for various film and artistic productions within Canada.
Opening reception Friday October 6, 5-7pm
On until October 28, 2017