Juliette Manolié is a self-taught visual artist with advanced degrees in Art History and French Literature. After a long career in teaching, she became a full-time artist in 2019. Her work has been exhibited in Maryland (Pyramid Atlantic, Jo Fleming Gallery, Maryland Federation of Art, Annapolis MD), Massachusetts (Cultural Center of Cape Cod), Virginia (The Art League), Pennsylvania (Vestige Concept Gallery, Pittsburgh), California (Las Laguna Gallery), and in France (Galerie de l'Hotel de Ville, Larmor Plage). Her work has also appeared on multiple online art exhibition platforms.
I enter my workspace ready to do battle. The initial approach is decidedly physical: it involves gouging and scratching, then using waterproof India ink to imprint, infuse, and splatter the surface. The visual result is chaotic. While I yearn for balance and clarity, I am resisting any intellectual noise that might interrupt the work. There is always a struggle.
The push and pull of the process reflect the ambiguities and contradictions stemming from my feminist, bi-cultural experience. The paintings evoke feelings of longing, belonging, and alienation inspired by surrounding stimuli, readings, dreams, and childhood memories.
In my work, elements of the female figure are partial, contorted, or otherwise misrepresented and take on a bolder symbolic value: women bow or rise to the invisible pull of expectations, and in the process, we often lose ourselves, disassemble or dissociate.
Choosing a title is essential. It provides viewers with a lexicon to enter the work.