EMILY MANWARING

CAN'T LET THE SUMMER PAST, 2020

Acrylic on canvas, 49" x 54"

"In my work I highlight the idea of connecting past, present and future, something that attributes to everyone's journey. It is important to me to express my identity unapologetically in the work, to be able to see forms that transcend time and space and to celebrate my blackness. Being able to enter different dimensions in the work is special in the process of creating. In my work I express the different modes a Black Womxn possesses and what visual language I want to create to enhance that idea."   

Can't Let the Summer Past, 2020

Acrylic on canvas, 49" x 54"

VERONICA ELIZABETH THOMAS in conversation with EMILY MANWARING

THOMAS: Is there a moment, or series of moments, you can recall from childhood, that has shaped the ways in which you engage with your hair?

MANWARING: Growing up my relationship with my hair was knotty. I remember being excited to the point I can’t sleep the night before getting my hair done. I remember wearing a towel over my head in the house because I wanted inches. Sitting in a chair for hours perming and straightening my hair just to have my hair be “manageable”. Zig Zag braids, box braids, and twists were my protective style with barrettes and beads to dress it up for school and church. These events shaped the way I care for my hair today. My childhood taught me to give tenderness to my Afro and love the way my hair takes any shape or form

THOMAS: ​PEASY​ is an homage to Black womxnhood. What does honoring your Blackness and womxn-ness in your everyday rituals look like?

MANWARING: Honoring my blackness and womxnhood in my everyday life intertwines with my practice, research, and what I choose to paint. I think about how I can honor my ancestors and the womxn that raised me through my work and everyday life. I think about how black womanhood interweaves in my life and how it is framed

 

THOMAS: In what ways does your practice elevate your intention?

MANWARING: The way I’m able to elevate my intention through my practice is bringing my ideas to a 3D form. My intentions translate into imagery that becomes an offering, manifestation for the future, or commemoration for the past. Understanding one's intentions raise the necessary questions that are needed during meditation or daily practice.

 

THOMAS: PEASY​ asks its audience to look beyond the imagery and into the soul of what it means to be a Black womxn - what does being a Black womxn mean / feel like to you?

MANWARING: Being a black womxn feels like love, tenderness, and divinity.

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