artist, arts educator, gallery owner, artist rep., columnist....
Karyn Mannix (New York, United States) is an artist who works in a variety of media. By demonstrating the omnipresent lingering of a ‘corporate world’, Mannix tries to approach a wide scale of subjects in a multi-layered way, likes to involve the viewer in a way that is sometimes physical and believes in the idea of function following form in a work.
Her artworks directly respond to the surrounding environment and uses everyday experiences from the artist as a starting point. Often these are framed instances that would go unnoticed in their original context. By using popular themes such as sexuality and the body as form in her works references post-colonial theory as well as the avant-garde or the post-modern .
Her works often refers to pop and mass culture. Using written and drawn symbols, a world where light-heartedness rules and where rules are undermined is created. With a conceptual approach, she touches various overlapping themes and strategies. Several reoccurring subject matter can be recognised, such as the relation with popular culture and media, working with repetition, provocation and the investigation of the process of expectations.
Her works demonstrate how life extends beyond its own subjective limits and often tells a story about the effects of global cultural interaction over the latter half of the twentieth century. It challenges the binaries we continually reconstruct between Self and Other, between our own ‘cannibal’ and ‘civilized’ selves.
Karyn Mannix’s paintings have been exhibited in galleries throughout the United States and has had her work featured at the Children’s Museum of Long Island. She has won an award for her September 11th piece and has been selected by jury to participate in several shows.
Diagnosed with Breast Cancer in 2004, Karyn uses the female body image as the basis of her art.
With a background in fashion and art history, Karyn also designs sets and costumes for plays on and off Broadway and has had her own fashion line featured in stores internationally. She has taught art to children with special needs and works as a freelance writer, educator and artist.
Karyn Mannix was born in New York and resides as a year round resident of East Hampton, Long Island. She has degrees in both Fashion Design and Construction, and Post Modern Art Theory and Criticism.
Art and the written word is a direct form of what lies between thought and expression. As a published poet, using text is a way that I transfer the verbal into the visual. Words help me portray the sense of emotion. As a breast cancer survivor, my work revolves around body image, gender and the social and political.