C. Pazia Mannella "Earthly Delights"
August 26 - September 20
Sidney Larson Gallery in Brown Hall
Gallery Hours: Daily 9AM - 5PM
Reception & Artist Talk: Thursday, Sept. 12th at 3:00PM
C. Pazia Mannella is an Assistant Professor of Fibers and the Fibers Program Head at the School of Visual Studies, University of Missouri. She exhibited work in Extreme Fibers: Textile Icons and the New Edge, Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, MI and The Dennos Museum Center, Traverse City, MI. Mannella’s work has been featured in many national exhibitions as well as at Urban Outfitters Headquarters and Snyderman-Works Galleries. Her work has been featured several publications including in the Canadian Weekly Fibre Artist Interview: World of Threads Festival, Dutch Textiel Plus magazine, US Airways Magazine, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Weekly, and Philadelphia: Home.
The symbolic imagery of flowers, laurels, and wreaths in architectural details represent cultural ideals of prestige, power, wealth and will. The weavings in the exhibition Earthly Delights are manipulations of fragments of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania architecture, a city I lived in for many years. Architectural fragments are combined in an Eclecticism style. Both horticulture and architecture follow seasons and trends, sourcing the carefully cultivated beauty of floral displays through pattern and embellishment. I am fascinated by the color, texture, and seasonality of flowers. I contemplate the practices of monoculture, the cultivation of a single plant, and of forced blooming, a process in which plants are grown in greenhouses and forced to bloom prior to their natural growth cycles. We continue to use in contemporary culture the symbolism and language of flowers but it seems the translation is not as clear. I reflect on the intersection of floral symbolism and idealism of romantic love. I consider contemporary industrialization and global outsourcing of material processes impacting the environment, as well as the influence of textile and chemical dye polluting and the disposable nature of contemporary architecture and home furnishing industries. The weavings are hand woven on a Thread Controller II loom, a digital, hand operated Jacquard loom.