Description: Sukanya Mano will guide students through simple mark making and then develop paper-cutting skills. She will demonstrate how to create negative spaces and incorporate them into the composition. She will also teach to fold and change the paper structure into a 3D space. Age 16+
Instructor Bio: Sukanya Mani is an interdisciplinary artist with a passion for science, philosophy and exploring issues of gender and femininity. She takes complex ideas from those fields, builds stories around them and presents them in a visual art form. While her brain enjoys reading and gathering information about various subjects, her heart weaves them into visual stories, which she then presents to the viewer. Her studio practice involves the art of cutting and sculpting paper. Creating these pieces is a meditative experience for her. She creates imagined abstractions using hand cut Tyvek paper. Her artwork is informed by the materials, location and the installation process.
Mani has worked as a teaching artist and arts administrator with various arts organizations including the St. Louis Art Museum, COCA, Contemporary Museum and Missouri History museum. Mani also creates large-scale sculptures as part of her interactive public art. Her artwork is part of numerous collections such as the City of Poplar Bluff, City of Ballwin, Brentwood Parks and Manchester, MO. Mani is the recipient of multiple grants from the Regional Arts Commission. Born in India, Mani lives and works in St. Louis.