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Riches to Rags - Reeves Corner - homage - Framed Collage

Mania Row

United Kingdom

Collage, Photography on Soft (Yarn, Cotton, Fabric)

Size: 20 W x 16 H x 2 D in

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collage of the burnt out "shell" of Reeeves furniture store in Croydon with collaged bits from my earlier watercolour paintings of chairs and door - there are also 3 shells in this piece, assembeled on stretched linen canvas with some acrylic painting. Mania, your piece, Riches to Rags - Reeves Corner, is very powerful. It's so chaotic and so organized at the same time. I guess that makes sense because it is about fire (arson) and violent looting/mobbing. I really like the upbeat colors that you selected, they contrast nicely with the dreary/drab photographs. The light blue/turquoise, red, orange, and yellow - pull me in. Great choice taking an early watercolor image and cutting it up, and then collaging it into this piece. It brings in a different speed and a feeling of personal memory/touch mark to the overall collage. It is interesting how you've selected to invert the common colloquialism "Rags to Riches" into "Riches to Rags". The Reeves furniture store that defined the Reeves Corner was over 150 years old and represented an English site of culture and commerce. However as global culture is going through financially unstable times right now, this seems very relevant. This is especially evident in the US and Europe, since the familiar notion of progress is ceasing to seem a reliable mode of cultural and societal evolution. The central chair that you represented in the collage, appears to be of non-Western origin, this combined with the cowry shells gives the piece a tinge of a Post-Colonial narrative to it. It is amazing how at one point in history the sun was said to never set on the British Empire - during England's colonial expansion peak. This glory contrasts sharply the country's recent self-maiming riots that took place in August 2011. Compositionally, I appreciate how you placed the torn found photographic images into horizontal strips - going from the lower lying rubble images, up to the vertical grouping of buildings. Your piece reads very successfully as an all-over composition and as a grouping of interesting detail elements. Congratulations.

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Collage:Photography on Soft (Yarn, Cotton, Fabric)

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Size:20 W x 16 H x 2 D in

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Mania, an artist and adult art educator holding an MA in Museology from UCL, boasts a rich career spanning over five decades. With a passion for nurturing artistic expression, she has been instrumental in shaping the creative journeys of countless adult individuals since 2006, delivering engaging classes in Art Appreciation and Drawing & Painting across Croydon and Bromley. Her classes consistently draw full enrolment, a testament to her dynamic teaching approach and ability to inspire. Before her tenure as an educator, Mania held leadership roles as Head of Art & Design in prestigious secondary schools throughout London and Kent. Her dedication to art extends beyond the classroom, as evidenced by her participation in renowned exhibitions such as the Seaside Gallery USA Miniature Show 2012 and the Abstract Expressionist show at MOMA in New York in 2018. Each year, Mania invites the public to her Montsale Studio Open Day, an opportunity to witness her artistic process first hand. This year marks a significant milestone as she celebrates 50 years of painting and teaching with a solo art show scheduled from August 12th to 18th 2024, at 54 The Gallery in Mayfair. Mania's artistic vision is characterised by a profound exploration of nature and memory, captured with luminous strokes of paint on linen or through monotype water-based "prints" on paper. From the tranquil depths of the sea to the vibrant hues of Monet's Garden in Giverny, her works evoke a sense of wonder and nostalgia. Each piece is a testament to her originality, featuring unique colour palettes and limited editions that reflect her ongoing evolution as an artist. Inspired by the ebb and flow of life, Mania's creations encapsulate the essence of the present moment, capturing fleeting impressions with timeless grace. Through her art, she invites viewers to embark on a journey of introspection, where memories intertwine with imagination, and the beauty of existence is revealed in every brushstroke. All work shown here are for sale.

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