…with every breath you can smell the sandalwood and suntan lotion and the waves as they crash right as you are about to whisper “I love you.” You hold back, afraid to let go of that moment, afraid it may not continue.
A charge of wild horses kicks up dust and bones and memories from when you lived in the North. The North was where things happened and things moved. You’re not there anymore and you see a slower speed to your life. A rock band is playing on the neighbor’s radio and you know the song but can’t remember it. The one guy singing had a cute face but you always thought he was just a little too skinny. What was his name? Does it matter anymore? Did it ever? The song used to be comfort, it spoke in riddles that teenage you understood at the time. Now it speaks in different riddles and you quit being a teenager long ago.
Allison Manch was born in Phoenix, Arizona and studied at the University of Hawaii and received her BFA from Arizona State University. In 2004 she received her MFA from the University of Washington, Seattle. She has shown often in the Pacific Northwest, most recently at Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue Washington.
Allison Manch, Dinosaurs, 2016, embroidery on cotton, 18 x 33 inches.
Allison Manch, Tony, 2015, embroidery and graphite on cotton, 9.5 x 14.5 x 3 inches.
Allison Manch, Loop, 2012, braided and tied cotton fabric with embellishments, overall 36 inches.
Allison Manch, Farrah, 2014, braided and tied cotton fabric with embellishments, overall 22 x 22 inches.
Allison Manch, Prevailing Wind, 2014, ink on leather, 40 x 25 inches.
Allison Manch, Ramona, 2014, embroidered cotton. 22 x 18 inches.
Allison Manch, Virginia Woolf (So the Green Flame Seems Hidden in the Emerald), 2014, watercolor on appliqued cotton, 20 x 26 inches.