Early this year had Manny Sison's ‘The Unbound: A Drawing a Day Project ' exhibition at the Sunshine Art Space Gallery. We had a good ol' yarn with Manny about his work, inspirations and the future...
1. Describe yourself in one sentence
I am a curious creative with a love for discovering and experiencing something new.
2. What is your chosen medium(s) and why?
I love mixed media and the feeling of freedom I get when I make something. It gives me a variety of avenues to express myself and it’s a lot of fun experimenting with different mediums. You never know what you’re going to discover sometimes because there are no set rules or technical requirements you have to follow.
3. What/who inspires you?
People that are fearlessly passionate about their craft inspire me. These could be artists, professional athletes or even everyday people that I meet during the week. People who want to leave a positive impact on this world.
4. Tell us the back story of the Unbound: A drawing a Day Project Exhibition?
My art style changed dramatically when my long-term relationship ended. I began creating from a raw and emotional place. This new way of approaching art excited me and I wanted to keep experimenting and developing it. I thought 2019 would be a good year to take on a daily challenge and see where it takes me. The exhibit’s title ‘Unbound’ refers to my desire to be free when I make art.
5. What do you want people to take away from Unbound: A drawing a Day Project Exhibition?
I want people to feel inspired and excited about art. The exhibit isn’t about showcasing a polished body of work. To me it’s about showing an artist evolving and trying to figure things out. It’s an intimate look at the ongoing process to becoming a better artist and in some ways a better person. Art is a powerful tool that can teach us a lot about ourselves and bring hope into our lives when we feel like there is none.
6. Who are your favourite artists?
I have quite a few favourite artists, here are just some of them:
Shaun Tan, Saul Bass, Jean-Michael Basquiat, Jim Mahfood, Jeffrey Alan Love, Jim Lee and Genndy Tartakovski.
7. What do you see yourself doing in 10 years?
I have begun the process of making toys/sculptures based on my art. I see myself running my own toy company and living in Japan. That is the dream right now.
Follow Manny and view his work: instagram.com/artbymannysison