Growing up in rural Maine, I have been interested in atmosphere, tides and geological surfaces—both above and below the waterline— and how they relate to extreme weather patterns.
Twelve years ago, I created a series of black and white paperpulp pieces at the Dieu Donne Papermill wearing my x-country skis- a pencil to paper. They were were my first investigation in creating lines in space based on drawings I had made in the actual landscape in snow and in tidal flats .Years later, I made a series of paintings using Distemper (Hide glue and pigment). They were much like the pieces I made at Dieu Donne, only this time I worked with my left hand given a previous injury to my right hand. Most recently, my current drawings, are created with just charcoal, chalk and pencil. The pieces seem to speak to my earlier work, based on similar themes of inclement weather and the organized cacophony found in nature.
My current work was made in Wyoming, where I studied wind circulation and wind charts, plate tectonics, geothermal features, fossils and extreme atmosphere. The spatial and environmental complexities were vast, with evidence of a long history of geologic movement and change found both above and below ground. What was once ocean evolved over eons into an extreme landscape of mountains and basins of often bizarre geological stratas.
Weather is a consistant theme in my work, both in Wyoming and in Maine. I observed dramatic cloud formations and precipatation dependent, in part, on the rugged geological landscape. Both ocean and high prairie lands, seemingly stable and inert, are actually in continuous motion and evolution.
These ever-changing climate events, as well as geological motion parallel the continuous unknowns and upheavals I experience in both my exterior and interior worlds. My art process is one of abstracting both the subtle and the dramatic “dip-slips” and “faults” into black and white marks- shapes that suggest fluidity, as well as the rigid forces that influence the overall atmosphere.
-Nancy Manter, 2015
Nancy Manter is a painter and a photographer whose work is based on the elements of weather, the environment and landscape. Manter has shown widely in New York, as well as throughout the United States, Europe and South America. Selected recent solo exhibitions include "Regeneration" Mount Desert Biological Laboratory, Maine; "Water Prayers" Kentler International Drawing Center“; "Road Art; Landscapes of the Twenty-first Century” Princeton University Atelier, founded and directed by author Toni Morrison; “Weatherly” Snug Harbor Newhouse Gallery, New York and funded by the Verazzano Foundation; “Road Work” DM Contemporary Gallery, New York; “Desire Lines” Waterfall Arts Center in Belfast Maine; “Huellas” College of the Atlantic, Maine and at SUNY-Columbia Greene College in Hudson, New York. She has also exhibited at the Boston Center for the Art, Islip Museum; Metaphor Gallery, Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, Sideshow Gallery, Dieu Donne Papermill Gallery, Heckscher Museum, Lesley Heller Workspace, and the Central Park Arsenal Gallery all in New York, among others. Dieu Donne Press recently published a limited edition handmade book titled “Water Prayers” featuring Stuart Kestenbaum’s poems and Manter’s imagery.
Manter’s work is included in several collections including the Whitney Museum of Art, The Guggenheim Museum, The Modern Museum of Art, The National Museum of Art, Washington D.C. among others. She is a recipient of the Verrazano Foundation Grant, A David Garner Project Fund-Princeton University, two New York Foundation for the Arts Grants and was both a nominee for the Tiffany Foundation and The Smithsonian Arts Fellowship and Anonymous was a Women Grant (TBA). Manter has received fellowships from McDowell Colony where she received the Chubb LifeAmerica Fellow Award, Ucross, Fundacion Valparaiso, Spain, Virginia Center for Creative Arts, The Heliker-LaHotan Foundation and the Fairfield Porter Art Week in Maine.
Manter has taught as a Visiting Artist in several prestigious Art Departments including Princeton University, Parson’s School of Design, Cooper Union, Haystack School and Stevens Institute of Technology.