Updates from Emily’s studio at Mana

Gold-leafed corn

Gold-leafed corn

The past month in the studio can be labeled as a season of risk-taking as I created “art” in the form of reenacting a Mexican food process of cooking masa, manipulating corn into various forms, and reflecting on the research that has informed these new directions. For me, the works that I am currently making function as studies searching for complete thoughts. The desire behind these works is simply to connect with a history to which I belong via a not-so-distant lineage. Continue reading

Update from Katie’s studio at Mana


Since my previous blog post I have been working on several projects and I am happy to report that some are completed! The series of metal parochial collars that I started at the beginning of this residency have been assembled and ready to exhibit. I have been working with the Keating Foundry at Mana contemporary to cast aluminum bows for my sculptural metal collars. I completed chasing for all 12 of my cast aluminum bows as well as patinating them. I finished riveting all of them to the collars and now they are all ready to be documented. My very good friend and frequent collaborator Anna Margush will be flying in from San Francisco to help me document all of the collars I have created. Continue reading

Hello from B55, my BSMT studio at Mana Contemporary

There have been a lot of interesting things happening in the studio! Having the time and space to work at Mana Contemporary has been really great to explore many new processes in my work. I have several projects going at once! First, I have created 14 parochial collars total. All of them have been fabricated out of sheet metal and have been decorated with lace and various fabrics. The other component for this project is creating cast metal bows. Continue reading

Emily’s Update from her studio at Mana

Corntalks, husks, and roots. Materials for an upcoming installation.

Corntalks, husks, and roots. Materials for an upcoming installation.

This season of my studio exploration is influenced by some recent reads, which you can find here and my grandmother’s memoir titled Along the Banks of the Rio Grande that I am currently editing and helping her publish. Another reality that has been heavy on my mind is our nation’s struggle with xenophobia in light of the elections. Continue reading

From Katie’s BSMT Studio at Mana Contemporary


Hello! From my BSMT studio at Mana Contemporary! During my time here I have been working on several projects that are a variety of different mediums.

Currently, I am interested in the various perceptions society has on women, I am particularly drawn to how women and beauty relate. Throughout history women have felt the need to reach certain beauty ideals. They would participate in self deprecating beauty rituals to reach this societal standard. Some examples include using lead based pigments to attain pale skin or wearing restraining corsets to achieve a thinner waistline. Continue reading