OMA opening
Friday, March 7, 2014 at 3:24PM
Isabel Manalo

Last night at the opening reception of "Stitching the Seam", photographed by Michael at the OMA. What an amazing experience this week has been being involved in a New Works Gallery at a wonderful musem with an amazing program and staff. I am so grateful to Azela Santana who has been working with me back and forth for two years. I also am grateful to E.Brady Robinson who, along with Azela, started the New Works program. This says so much about the OMA and their commitment to creating a diverse curatorial program that spans contemporary art, ethnography, classical painting and alternative and experimental work. I had the pleasure of meeting the new director of the museum as well who was so charismatic and generous with me. I am honored and am excited to present this new body of work that I made this past year and a half in Berlin, Germany. For me the work truly is a manifestation of an aesthetic I feel most connected to -- a freedom in the use of unframed paper and string, layered with mylar, cut, stitched, poked, taped and ripped. Using the whole wall as my canvas was liberating. It also is genuinely evokative of a state that conveys emotions as well as ideas where the line becomes thread, hair, mapping lines, train tracks that lead to and fro from the organic and fluid form of the Baybayin script applied and written with paint, graphite and photo collage. The exhibit is up through April 27. 

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