Amanda Manitach’s imagery invokes issues surrounding female psychology, physicality, and sexuality. Bold, honest, and at times dark thoughts are shared in text, which melts into a soft feminine pattern sourced from an 1885 French wallpaper sample. Her large-scale drawings address the historical, often-gendered psychology of the decorative arts. The pieces are inevitably smudged, worn and covered with fingerprints where the artist’s wrists, hands, knees and limbs have come into contact with the paper, transforming the “pretty” pattern into a record of her thoughts and physical struggle to create.
Manitach’s work has been exhibited at the Frye Art Museum, Bellevue Arts Museum and Tacoma Art Museum. From 2012 to 2015, she served as curator of Hedreen Gallery at Seattle University. She co-founded and co-directed multiple mixed-use arts spaces in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, including TMRW Party and The Factory.