Art does not reproduce the visible; rather, it makes visible.” Paul Klee, Creative Credo, 1920

Originally from San Francisco, Chanette Manso participated in the popular belly dance culture and was a selected artist for the Burning Man Festival (1999), both experiences continue to influence her evolving aesthetic. Manso started painting with light at night on the banks of the Seine in 1991. While in Paris she earned degrees in communication and film, where artists like Jean Cocteau and May Ray inspired her with their inventiveness and poetry.  As early as 1993 she exhibited in the Palais de Tokyo Photography Museum, Paris.

More recently Manso discovered a parallel in her work with the American artist Barbara Morgan, capturing figures of dance as well as light within her compositions. A Pierre and Gilles show in San Francisco inspired her to mix photography and painting with popular icons in a colorful, playful way.

Her recent fascination in symbolizing the dance of impermanence features works based on themes and icons such as Indian deities, Japanese cherry blossoms, and American warrior princesses. She currently travels between Europe and the US exhibiting, giving workshops and performing for a variety of audiences.

Intent Statement

My intent as a light artist is to contrast, the impermanence in our contemporary culture with the permanence of historical and popular icons. I create light paintings and short animations that take you out of the box.

Hand traced shapes of light create a narrative on a black background as vibrant, flowing neon colors set off a sole protagonist, illuminating and imprinting the dance between our authentic selves and our high-tech society.

Exploring transformation and imagination is part of what I communicate. Like in a dream at night, elements and symbols light up to paint another picture.

Is the photograph real or imagined?  What are the bounderies of the box? These are some of the questions that motivate my work.

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