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LOUISE MANIFOLD

Ireland 1978

Louise Manifold works conceptually with film, photography, sculpture and text. Fascinated by the power of stories and the creation of myth her multi disciplinary practice reflects upon the nature and expectation of narrative as a means to explore ideas on both the self and the body in relation to the other.
Her visually saturated work holds an aesthetics that is somewhere between curiosity cabinet and surrealist theatre:Referencing Russian formalism traditions on cinematic estrangement and theatricality, Manifold generates dreamlike scenarios that suggest a sense of disconnection from the lived world in favor of a private real.
The created realities that Manifold recounts often test credibility: incidents of delusion, perceptual phenomena, or points of emotional and psychological collapse, that suggest a crossing of conceptual boundaries to unite personal experience with universal subconscious impulse.
Underpinning this is a concern with the limits and potential of language to shape and fix our sense of the world, with a particular significance to the language of symptoms of psychosomatic experiences,irrational beliefs and phenomenon that blur the lines between fiction and reality.
One of the distinctive elements in her work is her engagement with found materials,Manifold is drawn to objects and collections that hold particular ideologies linked to Enlightenment Rationalism,using subtle intervention that act as a point in which to echo a return to the supernatural systems they preceded.

Collaboration with other disciplines has always been central to her creative process,storytellers,fiction writers and psychics have featured in her previous works, and is fascinated with overlaps between time based art,documentary and cinematic practice.
Through playing on these blurry perspectives, Manifold invites her audiences to renegotiate the boundaries where fact ends and fictions begins,to consider how we fabricate what we call reality.



Louise Manifold at glogauair.net:
OPEN STUDIOS June 2017

More at louisemanifold.com
and at ildscreenireland.com


Louise Manifold

A man of pleasures
HD video with sound, 2012

Louise Manifold

Time Machines
16 mm film transferred to HD, variable, 2016


Louise Manifold

In Death & Fiction
16 mm Film transferred to DVD Duration: 5.5min, Sound: text composed & narrated by Kevin Barry, Variable 2013

Louise Manifold: Sequence 16

Sequence 16
Found 35 mm footage, blow up with ink marbling, digital transparency, 100 x 75 cm, 2015


Louise Manifold: On Sea Side Surrealism, a portrait study of peregrine drift fruits in Connemara no I

On Sea Side Surrealism, a portrait study of peregrine drift fruits in Connemara no I
C-type print, 10 X 20 cm, 2015

Louise Manifold: Chronotest

Chronotest
Medium format, slide/digital archival print, 50 x 55 cm, 2015


Louise Manifold: Bonnetts patient

Bonnetts patient
Sculpture/installation, Horse bone with black velvet flock finish, on polished perspex, dimensions variable, 2013

Louise Manifold: On Sea Side Surrealism, sea beans, portrait study of peregrine drift fruits in Connemara no II

On Sea Side Surrealism, sea beans, portrait study of peregrine drift fruits in Connemara no II
C-type print, 18 x 24 cm, 2015