In a larger sense the creation of any art object is a form of externalized memory. Sometimes, however, the direct purpose of the artwork is to serve as a vehicle for a specific remembrance, a totem of loss, or a symbol of transition from a time, place, or state of being that is no longer accessible. As such, these objects become infused with more life—more substance—than they may at first appear to represent. Whether through abstract symbols, illustrations of the memorialized, or poetic conceptualizations of the idea of remembrance, Manifest asked artists to submit works made with these concepts in mind. This project was open to wide interpretation of the theme, and was not restricted to traditional definitions of the term 'in memoriam' (such as may relate to obituaries and epitaphs).
Manifest's blind jury process reviewed 575 works by 202 artists from 23 states and 6 countries for this exhibit. Twenty works by the following 12 artists from 8 states across the U.S. were selected for exhibition and will also be featured in the Manifest Exhibition Annual publication (MEA) at the close of the season.
Presenting works by:
Gerry Bannan, Cole Carothers, Christian Carson, Samantha Haring, Amber Law, Kathy Liao, Michael McCaffrey, Emily McIlroy, Greg Sand, Judy Takacs, Sarah Treanor, Duat Vu