Tilda Mann

Tilda Mann during her exhibition at Cerulean Arts

About the House Shape
I began this series with an investigation into the geometry of the house shape. With its implicit arrow and upward point, what compositional demands did this shape make of me? Were divisions, diagonals, and architectural references required? When did a rectangle read as a door, or a stripe connote a steel beam - that is, when did colors and forms become descriptive, rather than evocative? In addition to architecture, I looked to Cave Art (the original house paintings) and medieval church art, for clues to working with this shape. Throughout, no matter where I painted on the panel, I was aware of the apex. It exerted control over where I placed my every stroke. It seemed that I was always painting to the point, regardless of where I was.
This literal exploration of place and placement gave way to metaphor, as it always does. In The Poetics of Space, Gaston Bachelard referred to the house as "the dwelling place of memory, imagination, life/being and psyche." The ancient Greeks originated the house shape as a dwelling for their deities (the Parthenon) and found spirituality in the perfectly balanced form. At its core, the house shape represents the shelter in which our life cycle unfolds. The places we inhabit hold within them a momentum, quite apart from us, that propels life forward, upward. In the end, much like our bodies, we leave these shells behind.
Others have used the house shape to address issues of confinement and women's work (e.g. Louise Bourgeois, Miriam Shapiro). That has not been my endeavor. Rather, I use the house shape to speak of direction and place, both physical and metaphoric. The house shape prompts us to dwell, to consider, where does the self reside? Who am I at any given point? What direction do I face? What remains? 

House Shapes 
June 29 - July 24, 2022 

House Shapes Notecard Set 
House Shapes Poster 

Magical Thinking, mixed media on paper on panel, 51.5" x 42.5"  Available 

Shifting Horizons, oil on wood panel, 14" x 13"  Available 

Push, oil on paper mounted on wood panel, 28" x 22.5"  SOLD 

Marriage Drawing, oil and graphite on wood panel, 55.5" x 48"  Available 

Ascent, oil on wood panel, 55.5" x 48"  Available 

Mapping: Aerial View, oil on wood panel, 55.5" x 48"  Available 

Untitled 1, oil on wood panel, 55.5" x 48"  Available 

Untitled 2, oil on wood panel, 48" x 36.75"  Available 

Sal & Nancy ride bravely off into the great goodnight, mixed media on wood panel, 52" x 48"  Available 

Point of No Return, oil on wood panel, 45" x 37"  
Courtesy Dr. Samuel Romirowsky and Karen Pinsky 

Migrations, oil on paper mounted on wood panel, 28" x 22.5"  
Courtesy Private Collection 


To view work from Tilda Mann's Past Exhibitions: 

Let's Love Color 
April 7 - May 2, 2021 

Premonitions and Visitations 
October 16 - November 10, 2019 

June 16 - July 14, 2018