About Haley Manchon
Haley Manchon grew up in a small town outside of Philadelphia and has just received her BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art. She now works in a studio alongside Kelly Sullivan, a fine artist based in Lambertville, New Jersey.
Her work has recently exhibited at the Offscreen Art Show at Ground Floor Gallery in Brooklyn, NY; Raritan Valley Community College’s More Than A Feeling in Branchburg, NJ; the Strathmore Hall Foundation’s Annual Juried Exhibition Nightin Bethesda, MD; the Phillips’ Mill 89th Juried Art Show in New Hope, PA; the Colored Pencil Society of America's 26th Annual International Exhibition in Chicago, Illinois; MICA's Artwalk; and the Keisho Art Exhibition at the Wakaimi art school in Japan.
Last year I worked on my thesis for undergrad, which was concerned with the overwhelming influx of information available today through technology, and more specifically, the frustration associated with navigating this information to find some sort of truth within a mass of fiction and bias. I still apply distortion to the figure in search of truth, but that has now become an exploration of process and distorted imagery to provide a truer image of a person’s feelings or experiences.
Aside from this, I have been developing the characters and worlds that exist in my sketchbooks. These drawings are very personal – a strange mix of childhood nostalgia, painful memories and visual note taking. These pages play with scale, space, and agency in a way that my main body of work lacks. It has become a passion project to see how these two sides of my work could coexist in the same space and same page, and how I can share this space with others.