Isabel Manalo: Skin Codes
Isabel Manalo is an interdisciplinary visual artist whose work addresses ideas of power and identity as defined by race, ethnicity, geography and class. Combining photography with drawing, painting, sewing and writing, her work embraces visual clues and coding.
Isabel Manalo, Isang Araw (One Day), 2015
Manalo’s recent projects include a suite of paintings inspired by traditional Filipino tattoos. Relating to her Filipino heritage as well as her global perspective, these works incorporate imagery of pre-colonial Filipino script and indigenous tattooing, along with her own symbols and icons from contemporary culture.
Isabel Manalo, Hilbertraum 4, 2015
Manalo’s latest works respond to trends in social media surrounding potent issues such as racially charged police violence in the United States and the refugee crisis in Syria. The exhibition includes work from these series, as well as a new large stitched wall piece she is creating specifically for the Zuccaire Gallery’s expansive space.
Isabel Manalo has shown her work internationally since 1999, including solo and group shows in New York, Washington DC, Orlando, Baltimore, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Philadelphia and Berlin. Her work is a part of numerous public and private collections including the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC, and the permanent collections of the US Embassies in Bulgaria, Kazakhstan and Nepal. She was featured in New American Paintings and was awarded Fellowships at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.
Manalo received her MFA in Painting from Yale University, a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is represented by Addison Ripley Fine Art in Washington D.C. and is included in the Drawing Center and White Columns curated artist registries. She taught at American University’s Department of Art and was on the Board of Directors and the Visual Arts Committee at District of Columbia Arts Center and recently served as a Visiting Artist and Curator at Takt International Artist Residency in Berlin. Manalo is the Founding Director and Editor of TSV (The Studio Visit).
ART CRAWL Artist Talk and Reception: Wednesday, November 18, 4:15