Jennifer Manzella, Hidden River 2, 2021. Multiple Woodblock Print, 16 x 20 inches.
Jennifer Manzella writes of her work: The images I make are the result of my observation within an environment or a place. Places I’ve lived, the places I visit, the places I have traveled to and the places I romanticize. Often I will contrast cityscapes against natural settings in layered compositions or combine abandoned industrial structures with old trailers, houses, and cars to create imagined dwellings.
This particular series of multiple wood block prints represent the human desire to reconstruct the environment, especially in cities. These altered urban landscapes are evidence of the actions to transform, destroy, and exploit what was there before. Colorful overlapping silhouettes form inverted skylines depict remnants of industry and architecture on waterways, inspired by the Delaware and Schuylkill rivers in Philadelphia. The use of color is derivative of 19th century traditional Japanese Ukiyo-e prints especially those of Katsushika Hokusai and Utagawa Hiroshige.
Jennifer Manzella is an artist and printmaker who’s print-work is mainly created through relief and etching processes. She’s been an art educator for over 10 years and received an MFA in printmaking at The University of Georgia. Jennifer has been in numerous juried national and international exhibitions including two with the International Print Center in New York City. Born in Wilmington Delaware but raised in Connecticut, she has lived in many different places on the east coast. Jennifer relocated back to Philadelphia, her adopted home, in the summer of 2016 after living in Athens, GA for 12 years. She currently teaches printmaking courses at Arcadia University and is a member of BYO Print, a print cooperative in Philadelphia.