Written by Naya Clark
Manty Dey is an Indian Born, Atlanta raised artist who painting, paper, and acrylic in a way that expresses texture, emotion, and process. Dey is very well achieved, having originally gained artistic education at Georgia State University, where she earner her Bachelors in Drawing and Painting and later, her MFA in Drawing and Painting at the University of Georgia, where she returned to teach.
Currently being featured at WonderRoot’s gallery, “The Gathering”, Dey has also been featured in many exhibitions including the “Walthall Exhibition: I Opened My Eyes, I Changed My Mind” and exhibited her work at other spaces including the Macon Museum of Arts and Sciences, Georgia Museum of Art, MOCA GA, and Mint Gallery. This isn’t the first time her art contributions have been loved by WonderRoot, among her fellowships include Walthall Fellowship and the WonderRoot CSA Artist Grant.
Despite the absence of portrayed objects in her work, Dey’s charismatic pieces make the viewer present, exudes its own energy, and can stand alone without having context of artist present. Many of her pieces share a simultaneous expression of overwhelming disarray and a dreamy calm.
Dey’s paper forms incorporate draping and collisions of color that seem almost textile in visual texture. In spite of the seemingly flimsy medium, her work has a sculptural element that makes the viewer question just how the material has been manipulated in order to capture such a position. The fragility of paper and thin acrylic sheets balances with the overwhelming emotions that Dey’s work evokes.
Dey’s use of shadows in paper forms are an additional effect that are seemingly unintentional but play an important role on the viewer’s perception. The cast shadows in much of her work play just enough as a presence as the meticulously shredded materials with harmonizing shades and surface.
Her acrylic work is just as charismatic, with lines that move seemingly at their own will and weight to the same focal point, while being just as texturally engaging as her paper pieces. It is clear that this sense of idiosyncrasy is an integral aspect of Dey’s work and adds to the textural nature of her art. Similarly, nearly all of her pieces require tedious amounts of cutting materials into thin slivers.
Her work at WonderRoot’s “The Gathering” exhibit, “Wave 6”, and “Drizzle” provide a cohesive sense of color and texture. Intentional or not, Dey puts emphasis on the textures within textures, revealing the complexity from initial thought, to the execution process that is definitely a labor of time and persistence.