Jennifer Faun Manne

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I form intricate collages that explore the multiple facets of female identity, in the context of the sacred and secular. While some work is a commentary and experience of memory, social relationships, sexuality, and fantasy, other work centers upon the nature of deity, culture, and mythology. My background as a fashion designer figures largely into the determination of my dominant subject, the female nude. Through my years of working with the female form I gained intimate knowledge of a woman’s physique. My compositions are a compilation of many figures, either from life drawing or physical reference material. However, my subjects and the realms that they inhabit are entirely conjured from my mind‘s eye. I do not aim for an exact likeness, but rather prototypical or archetypal figures whose personality or identity are both partly exposed and partly hidden beneath the surface. It is through my painted figures that I wish to project recognizable aspects of human experience.
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ag_artist_statement : My work over the last several years has focused on exploring the figurative narrative while utilizing mixed media in order to create texture in painting and drawing. Color and form translate content, thereby revealing the multiple facets of female identity in the context of the sacred and secular. While some work is a commentary on the experience of memory, social relationships, sexuality and fantasy, other work centers upon the nature of deity, culture and mythology. My background as a fashion designer figures largely into the determination of my dominant subject, the female nude. Through my years working with the female form I have gained Intimate knowledge of a woman’s physique. I compose my figures from a compilation of many figures, either from life drawing or physical reference material. “Both Leonardo and Dürer write that to compose a figure they must examine numerous figures and select those limbs and organs from each which seem to be the most perfect and then combine them into a synthetic figure which would be the symbol of perfection “ (Rothko 2004). My subjects and the realms that they inhabit are entirely conjured from my mind‘s eye. My aim is not to create an exact likeness, but rather to create Prototypical or architypal Figures whose personality or identity is both partly exposed and partly hidden beneath the surface. It is through my painted figures that I wish to project recognizable aspects of human experience. Experimenting with the use of paints, Ink, charcoal, crayons, antique papers, newspaper, tissue paper, fabric and fiberglass medium I form complicated collages. I engage in a visceral and tactile relationship by using medium to communicate my subject matter. There is nothing I enjoy more than layering a complicated composition. Through this layering process I invite my viewer to draw closer to the painting. I want them to reach out and touch, to feel as though they can enter the piece. Each painting has a story or narrative inherit in it whether it be the story i, myself, am trying to tell, or what the viewer brings to it, I hope to engage my audience in a dialogue. Through this interaction I am entertaining and informing.
ag_biography : Faun Manne is a contemporary artist from the greater Chicago land area. She is a graduate of The Fashion Institute of Technology (Associate of Applied Arts, NYC., 1980)) The Otis Art Institute of the Parsons School of Design (Bachelor of Fine Arrts, LA, 1985) and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (Master of Fine Arts, 2019.) Faun worked in the fashion industry as a fashion designer and illustrator for over 17 years in Los Angeles. In 1990 Faun opened her own line of bustiers and bra dresses which she showed at the Screaming Accessories show room in the Los Angeles fashion district. She’s sold to such stores as Cachet, Bebe and dozens of boutiques across the United States. Faun also designed and illustrated freelance for many rock bands and individual clients. In 2014 Faun moved home to Chicago to pursue a career in fine art.. She attended several art schools such as The Art House and The Hyde Park Art Center receiving Art Certificates before moving onto her masters degree. Faun has participated in 14 art shows since 2014 (both group and solo). Faun also exhibits online at SAATCHI Art. Fine Art America, Artpal, Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest as well as showing her line of work at her own website at j-faunmanne.com. Faun works from her home studio producing art. She attends life drawing classes regularly. She also attends as many art gallery shows as she can in order to gain perspective on her own work as well as keeping current with the art world. Faun’s favorite artists are Egon Schiele and Wengechi Mutu. Faun also keeps current of the fashion world, as it still influences her work.
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Faun Manne is a painter and fashion designer based in the Chicago metropolitan area. Having worked in fashion for more than twenty years, Manne acquired an intimate knowledge of the female body. Studying a combination of live models and physical references, she builds poignant collages that denounce the objectification of women. Manne describes her technique as “Painting without paint,” which consists of building figurative compositions by layering magazine cutouts, tissue paper, or brightly colored paper and adding finishing touches with acrylic paint. Devoid of life, her subjects stare into nothingness with vacuous eyes, like mannequins in a shop window. In the Tattoo Me series, for example, the figures are clad with pulp art images from books which highly sexualize and degrade women. Manne used rare original publications, which she scouted from various online sources. The images are representations of the disempowering view held about women, who are regarded as utilitarian objects more akin to dolls than thinking beings. Almost haunting in their candor, the figures send a shiver down our spines. Manne wants us to look deeply into the models’ glassy pupils, so that we can recognize their humanity behind their hollow plastic armors.


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