The shared thoughts and artwork of Ose Manheim.
Ose is a visiting artist from Malden, MA. Her work will be on exhibit at the Melrose Arts Festival from April 26-28, 2013.
Q. What art means to me?
Art has several meanings to me. Visual art can express beauty or be an expression from the subconscious like another language. It can be used to show reality and relay a message. I believe that art is an essential part of my life.
In my photography I try to show parts of nature to inspire awe and gratitude for how i.e. leaves contribute oxygen so that life can exist and if it wasn’t for the bees how could we grow our produce? I believe that getting more acquainted with some of nature’s processes it may lead to a better stewardship.
Q. What inspires the photographs you decide to capture?
I look for beauty wherever I am. It touches me to see a little plant grow in a crack of asphalt or a weed with bright yellow flowers grow in the sand or on a rock.
I am also inspired by different shapes or “designs” in nature or in manmade structures.
Q. Is there a particular time of day you prefer to photograph during?
I prefer the early morning or late afternoon light. It can be magical. The slanted angel of the sun enhances a scene and gives leaves and petals a translucent quality.
Q. What influenced me to become a photographer?
In my retirement I photographed more than before. After a while family and friends encouraged me to “do something” with my images. I entered three pictures in a juried small works show about seven years ago. Since then I have had several exhibits and open studios.
Q. A number of your photographs focuses on reflections. Whether a reflection is on the surface of water or a building, what is the beauty you see with in it?
The theme of reflection is more than visual to me. It has a spiritual connotation reminding me of being mindful and reflecting on my actions.
One fascinating part of sunlight is the reflection it creates on different shiny surfaces. Several of my images are reflections on water. Autumn is the best season when the various fall hues are mirrored on the water surface and form interesting patterns.
Other effects are formed when light hits shiny materials such as metal or glass. Images are often distorted then which produce an interesting effect.
Q. What role did art play in your life as a child?
I grew up in Europe where art has a priority. As a child it was mostly ballet and music.
My mother was an artist and took me to museums. I grew in my interest in the visual art with the years and tried many different media. Ceramics, sketching and writing poetry.
I enjoyed photography which today is the art I turn to. For me it is a process and much to learn. The other aspect is the interesting and nice people I have met by getting involved in the arts in my city, Malden.