Melissa Manfull’s work was featured in Issue Two of Fine Line Magazine. We sent her some prompts (in bold) and she let us know a little bit about herself.
Current Living: Los Angeles, CA Born: Huntington Beach, CA Education: MFA Concordia University Montreal, Quebec. BFA California State University, Long Beach. Age: 36 Website: www.melissamanfull.com
Melissa collecting rocks in Death Valley
I always loved… architecture and order. I grew up… inside of a fantasy world. As a child, I wanted to be… inside of a fantasy novel. Growing up… I always wanted to be an adventurer
Right now… I am working on a series inspired by spiritual architecture. My favorite pastime… is drawing & hiking. I’ve always wondered… what the inner structure of the universe looks like? Routine is… comforting. Everyday I like to… draw, hike, socialize and read. My work represents… a compulsive desire to impose order and grids on the chaos of life. I choose to work in my medium because… it is the most immediate. I get the best results from ink. I feel at home… in the forest. I currently live in Silverlake. I wish I could visit Japan, it’s been a life long dream. My favorite colors are prussian blue and burnt sienna. I love books and stories. On a rainy day I draw. A perfect day consists of being in the mountains and drawing. We could all use a little more introspection. I am a big believer in personal responsibility and discipline. I couldn’t live without my rapidograph pens. Art is enthralling. I like to pretend that life makes sense.
Someday I want to live in a chalet in the mountains. I’d like to be more productive. My next step is to make a really large room sized drawing.
Where are you from originally? Where do you live now? Does your nationality play a role in your work?
I’m originally from the burbs of Los Angeles, & I live in Los Angeles currently. Nationality doesn’t play a role specifically but I do think Los Angeles & southwest has had a huge impact on how I view the landscape and architecture of the periphery. I also spend a lot of time in the Southern California desert whose homestead architecture has influenced my work.
Do you have a day-job? Do you intend to keep working, or do you foresee yourself working a day-job again in the future?
I work part-time as an art educator. I enjoy teaching especially in a program where I take 4th graders hiking in the canyons and teach them about art and the environment. I foresee working intermittently as an educator but I do like to take time off to work on my drawings.
Why do you make art?
Making art is a compulsive act. I draw to visually understand the world.
Do you think you’ll make art forever?
I will definitely draw forever.
Why is art important?
I think art is important on different levels. I think art is important to make because it allows for people to visually explore an idea. I think art is an important medium that allows an internal idea to manifest in an external visual form. Although art is judged by literary criteria, I believe visual art is a very separate, nuanced language in its own right that can express our existence very differently than words.
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