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MARNI MANNING


 


Stand for Something
was completed with watercolor on Arches Aquarelle watercolor paper. Lady Liberty is a beautiful symbol of freedom for the American people. Gifted to the US by France in 1875 and completed in 1886, she stands as a beacon of hope to usher in weary travelers. She was also designed after the Roman goddess, Libertas, a virtue (freedom) that Roman people exulted. I wanted to use her status, as a symbol of goodness, independence, strength, and acceptance, to speak into the Women’s Marches. She represents all American women, by setting aside her duties to help further women’s rights. Her torch is known to be a symbol of enlightenment. How is it that after more than 100 years of protesting women’s inequality, America and much of the world continue to be in the dark about women’s rights?

Stand For Something
Watercolor on paper
18” x 14”
(Framed)
On display at Zenith Gallery until October 15, 2017
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The Longest Fight
Watercolor on paper
18” x 14”
(Framed)
On Display at Busboys and Poets, 5th & K until Nov. 26, 2017
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The Longest Flight was painted with watercolor on an Arches Aquarelle watercolor block. The three watercolor pieces in this series were created with the Women’s Marches in mind. During election season, it became evident that women are still battling inequality, regarding careers, healthcare, and societal rights. The Women’s Rights Movement began in 1848, but even now in 2017, the battle isn’t over yet. My work demonstrates an Every American Woman, and combines vibrant watercolors with this serious subject. I’m committed to using my art to address the current political climate’s views on women, and to follow cultural anthropologist Margaret Mead’s words: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has. “This piece, titled "The Longest Fight" uses a skeleton to represent the core of every American woman. She holds scales in the hopes of achieving equality, is accompanied by a dove for peace, and carries a sign in quiet protest: "Endure." For as long as women's rights have become important, it's my fear that the fight will go on long after I am gone. The image of a skeleton also represents the passage of time and the possibility that my own body won't live to see the end of this lasting battle.

 


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