Working between observation and found imagery Manasseh’s work evokes a sense of exotic escapism whilst commenting on an inherent compulsion to bring nature indoors. She takes inspiration from intricate patterns, the natural landscape and ‘the wilds of my imagination’.
Manasseh is interested in the process by which imagination can intrude on physical space, influencing how people establish a connection to it. Deconstructing memories and direct experiences into simple forms, her work sits between experience and imagination. ”My interests primarily lie in the notion of perception of space; how orientation, movement and balance within a space effect spectatorship, and the role memory plays in activating a spectators senses. “
Manasseh’s work has been exhibited internationally with exhibitions in the USA, UK, Italy, Israel and Singapore. ‘The Fruitfulness of Forgetting’, a solo show at The British High Commissioner’s residence in Singapore with Art Porters Gallery, is one of her most notable exhibitions to date. She has worked as artist in residence from Singapore to Morocco and while having an extensive academic background in fine art, also studied an MA in Art Psychotherapy, which often seems to be reflected in the almost psychedelic colourful expression of her paintings.
Manasseh also works with the Iza Vale Studios to produce exquisite silk garments hand painted with oil.