Amelie Mancini is a French-born, Brooklyn-based artist. Trained in both fine arts and design, she spent almost a decade working primarily in printmaking and textile design. After the births of her children, followed by her mother’s death in 2021, she felt an urgent need to prioritize painting as a way to both process her grief and reconnect with her own self. Today she splits her time between her studio practice and freelance textile design work.
Amelie Mancini received her Master’s degree in Fine Arts and Design from the Sorbonne University in Paris in 2005. In 2022, she received the Royal Watercolour Society Award, curated by Brit Pruiksma (@mothflower). Her work was featured in Works On Paper 4 at Blue Shop Cottage in London. She exhibited at The Other Art Fair in Brooklyn in November 2022. Her work is part of the permanent collection at the National Baseball Hall of Fame Museum.
As the daughter of two psychiatrists, I’ve always been fascinated by dreams and their interpretation, and by the many ways our subconscious at the same time hides and reveals our deepest fears and desires, both individual and collective.
Guided by intuition and memory, I make evocative psychological paintings that explore imaginary worlds, straddling reality and dream, memories and myths, love and loss.
Using mostly watercolor and color pencils, I build my paintings in overlapping layers of color, pattern and texture. My goal is to create imaginary spaces that embody rather than illustrate a memory, an emotion. These visual stories are complex and layered, they require an active act of interpretation from the viewer, away from the safety of definite answers.
Much like the patient in the therapist’s office, I proceed without fully knowing what will be uncovered or awakened, following my intuition, trying to decipher free associations, but aware that, in the end, meaning can only be found, fleetingly, in the margins.