Interview with Jane Manus

Q: What is your inspiration?

A: The Constructivists, Malevich, and many different sculptors like di Suvero and Caro. I am also inspired by architecture, and I love bridges – especially the Verrazano Bridge.

Q: Could you please describe your process and technique?

A: I start with a rough sketch, and then sometimes make a cardboard and Scotch tape model. Then I make a rough aluminum maquette, and a more finished maquette. Finally, I go to scale and paint it.

Q: How and why did you start using aluminum?

A: I first used wood, bolts and nails, but that warped. When I was still in school at the Art Institute of Boston, I learned how to weld steel, and I have never wanted to do anything else. I started using aluminum instead of steel because it weighs less and it doesn’t rust.

Q:  How did you first get involved in art?

A: From the time I was a small child, I was always drawing in school and at camp. I can’t do anything else.

Q: Who are your favorite artists?

A: I have so many…Alberto Giacometti, William Kentridge, Picasso and Braque. I like sculptors like Marc di Suvero, Anthony Caro, Anish Kapoor and Dennis Oppenheim. I also love drawings. I really do like other artists’ work.

Q: How has your body of work developed over the course of your career?

A: I started out as more of a Constructivist, and have gotten more Minimalist.

Q: Do you create works with a certain sort of environment in mind?

A: Sure, a lot of pieces are site-specific, and I think of every piece in three-dimensional terms, even wall pieces. I always think about furniture from every different angle as well.