I’m an emerging artist specialising in watercolour and coloured pencil drawings. I began painting over a year ago as a way to combat the insecurities in my life. I felt useless, unimaginative, and lonely, but art gave me a voice in communicating my deepest passion: equality. In making art, I strive to dismantle prejudice. I want to remind people of who they are at their core. Regardless of the walls we build, skin colour, the hierarchies we place on people due to wealth, status, and beauty – we are all human and worthy of love and respect. ~Marni ManningIn my work, depicting skulls and skeletons celebrates our same-ness. My folk tale illustrations or superstitions show where we have been. I love bringing people together to celebrate each other and their unique differences, but mostly to demonstrate how alike we are in desiring peace, happiness, and acceptance.
I’m submitting “Dreaming of Death,” one painting I made in a series focusing on superstitions from New Orleans. The superstition reads: To dream of death is a sign of marriage; to dream of marriage is a sign of death.