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The dictionary definition of automatism is a subconscious execution, and for surrealists, the exploitation of that execution with fully conscious purpose. Sometimes for me the fully conscious purpose is evident, and a stricter representation results. Whether I begin with the subconscious doodle or a fully envisioned metaphor, the result feels surreal, and an idea takes shape.
Mannell paints representational objects that often retain an abstract, vague, or even dual identity. He uses strong color and composition to create suggestive imagery that invites deconstruction and interpretation.
BS Fine Art, Ball State University
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