Contemporary and historical textile patterns, embroidery and garment designs are the inspiration for my sculptures. Intense rainbow and neon colors vibrate in her work. The symbolic imagery of flowers, laurels, and wreaths represent cultural ideals of power, wealth and will. Common contemporary materials, zippers, coffee filters, children’s barrettes, construction-marking tape, ribbon and mirrored paillattes, are used to mimic the splendor of historical textiles and architectural embellishment. We live in a material world however, we have lost the necessity and desire to create because of the availability of disposable goods that are industrially made. I reflect upon contemporary industrialization and global outsourcing of material processes impacting the environment. I am researching the influence of textile and chemical dye polluting and the disposable nature of contemporary fashion and home furnishing industries.
C. Pazia Mannella created an outdoor installation for Open Spaces, The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, Philadelphia, PA. Her work is exhibited in Extreme Fibers: Textile Icons and the New Edge, Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, MI and The Dennos Museum Center, Traverse City, MI. She participated in Art in the Open 2014, Center for Emerging Visual Artists, Philadelphia, PA. She created Swell, an outdoor installation at The Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences sculpture garden, Loveladies, NJ. Mannella’s work has been exhibited at NAPOLEON Gallery, Saint Joseph’s University, Urban Outfitters Headquarters, Snyderman-Works Galleries, Fleisher/Ollman Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, Greater Denton Arts Council, Denton, TX, Ann Street Gallery, Newburgh, NY, Parlor Gallery, Asbury Park, NJ, Decorative Arts Center of Ohio, Lancaster, OH, and Artspace Gallery, Richmond, VA. Her work has been featured in the Canadian Weekly Fibre Artist Interview: World of Threads.
Art in the Open 2016 Jurors
Annette Monnier, University City Arts League
Orlando Pelliccia, Leonard Pearlstein Gallery
Douglas Schaller, Locks Gallery
Lori Waselchuk, Independent Photographer/Curator
2012 Art in the Open Artists and Jurors
Please click on the below link for a list of the 2012 Art in the Open participating artists and jurors. Illustration: AiO 2012 artist Harry Bower. Photo: Karen Jenkins
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2011 Art in the Open Artists & Jurors
Please click on the below link for a list of the 2011 Art in the Open participating artists. Illustration: AiO 2011 artist Brian Dennis. Photo: Brad Jamula
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2010 Art in the Open Artists & Jurors
Please click on the below link for a list of the 2010 Art in the Open participating artists and jurors. Illustration AiO 2010 artist Denise Karabinus Telang. Photo: Mia Rotondo
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2016 Participating Artists
Art Sphere, Inc. (Kristin Groenveld)
BYO Print (Katie VanVliet, Lisa Imperiale, ect.)
Marie Yoho Dorsey
Mary Olin Geiger
Matt Greco and Chris Esposito (Damfino)
Chanelle Hurst and Amelia Carter
C. Pazia Mannella
Angela McQuillan and Sarah Zimmer
Erika Tsuchiya- Bergere
Katie VanVliet & Samuel Cusumano
Waxwood (Christopher Wood & Trudy Watt)
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