WAKING DREAMS - Press release
Ella Manor is a contemporary artist based out of New York City. Her fine art fashion photography has its debut solo show, Waking Dreams, at Michali Fine Art Gallery on September 12th 2009. Manor’s imaginative and exuberant energy is cast throughout Waking Dreams and paints an electrifying and stimulating imagery.
As a self-taught painter, Manor has trained herself to think and create freely without rules and restrictions. With spontaneity evocative of action painting, Manor’s imaginative and digital manipulation collaborates to produce imagery full of movement that is balanced yet paradoxically asymmetrical.
Communicating one’s dreams into words is rarely a faithful expression of the subconscious. Dreaming introduces a completely new plane of reality to our minds and trying to accurately recall unusual events or emotions is difficult to do. For most, it’s
easier to close your eyes and visually replay the dream beneath your eyelids, rather than speak about them. Manor, on the contrary, has brilliantly communicated her imaginative awakenings in order to share a vibrant, haunting visual experience.
The color palette for this body of work paints with dark moody colors, brightly saturated tones, neon vibrations, and mysterious textural backgrounds. Opaque subjects are juxtaposed with semi-transparent effects that look like layered film stills that are dually surging with momentum and movement. The contrasting energies capture moods that are curious and peculiar.
Ella’s sharp creative-intellect offers amusing puzzles. These questions, both overt and subjective, trigger curiosity. The ambiguous means by which she travels during the developmental stages of her free form production of photographic art are fuelled by a unique and distinctive style.
Whirlwinds of zeal and dedication offer a solid and powerful body of work, full of thought-provoking visual and emotional referents.
A must-see this Fall: Ella Manor’s Waking Dreams…