Now | Then | When
A Street Road exhibition at the nearby Christiana Motel
2016 through April 2020
Emily Manko's work is a playful investigation and imaginative look at process: from idea to product. Fascinated by stages of development, by moving from goal to achievement, and by the chapters of one's life and the many ways these can be interpreted, she explores changes in process over time.
Through her own symbolic language, with a pop influence, Emily Manko translates her interpretations of process using clay representations of paper, scrolls, hexagons, rockets, expanding this vocabulary when needed.
This piece, titled Now | Then | When, was a long term exhibit behind the Reception Desk at The Christiana Motel, a traditional 1950s-built motor hotel, near to Street Road. A large wall triptych, the ceramic tags flutter on their hooks, evoking the ever moving process inherent in cataloging and recording, and, in this specific context, acting as a playful nod to the way motel room keys hang and flutter and are every shifting at motel reception desks everywhere.
Using a blend of hand-building and slip casting from made and collected molds, Manko works in layers and multiples, abstracting them both in 2d and 3d. She strives to create work that is accessible but that also encourages a closer look and further interpretation.