Collect all four of Deanna Mance's tiny, hand painted porcelain sculptures!
Each about 2-3 inches tall.
Deanna Mance's artwork explores both the interplay of the conscious and unconscious, and the relationship between nature and human experience. She uses freehand drawing techniques and spontaneous mark-making as tools allowing her artwork to build and grow without the restrictions of self-awareness or premeditation. Through this approach, Mance embraces the unpredictable qualities and uncertain outcomes of her work. Her aesthetic, motifs of intricate elements organically arranged, reflects her interests in the passage of time, overlooked details in the everyday, and her compulsion towards repetition. Part of her studio process includes salvaging found materials that either become integrated within her art-making or collected as a source of inspiration. Mance is creatively fueled by the constraints of limited materials and the act of improvisation throughout her artistic process. In Deanna Mance’s new series, Still Life, she re-contextualizes the traditional meaning and genre of Still Life while contemplating the concept of stillness in art-making, intimate discourse, introspection of personal and ancestral history, spirituality, and meditation. Mance refers to her gouache and colored pencil works as assemblages or collages symbolic of these contemplations and the different spiritual influences in her life. The artwork references the transmutation of death and rebirth, intimate family-based faith, practices and heirlooms, and her personal relationship to ritual. Mance has completed several public artwork commissions. City Composition was the first asphalt mural commissioned in Pittsburgh, and the first mural for the Strawberry Way Street Mural Project of Envision Downtown. (A partnership between Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership and The City of Pittsburgh, with support from Office of Public Art.) Comprised of colorful, geometric shapes, Mance’s mural design was influenced by the surrounding architecture in Strawberry Way and the region’s curvaceous topography. Mindful of her surroundings, the mural was created as an abstract response to the city and the conversations that Mance had with pedestrians during the project. Mance has integrated her passion of creative expression with arts education and administration roles at The Carnegie Museum of Art, The Hyde Park Art Center, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, and Sunburst School of Music over the past fifteen years. As a teacher and mentor, she uses art as a remedial activity to foster confidence, self-awareness, personal growth, and reconciliation of emotional conflicts. In 2012, Mance began work in end-of-life care by becoming a life enrichment coordinator for people living with Alzheimer's and dementia in skilled nursing facilities and rehabilitation centers. In 2014, she became a facilitator for Pittsburgh Death Cafes building relationships with a rich community of death-positive end-of-life care advocates. She became a certified death doula through Promise Hospice in 2018 and continues to connect and work within the death-care community. Born in Cleveland Ohio, Mance currently lives and works in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. Notable exhibitions include; "Bury Your Art Seeds" at Loyola University in Chicago Illinois, The Pittsburgh International Airport, "AAP 99th Annual" at The Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, "21st Century Watercolor" at Bankside Gallery in London United Kingdom, "Art of the State" at The State Museum of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg. She also co-owned an alternative gallery space, Goldmine, with her husband David Oresick.