One such inspiration is likely the Tipu Tree, which lines many of the city's streets. While I was in Barcelona this summer these trees struck me as possibly the most elegant trees I've ever seen: tall and gracefully branched, they flower yellow in the early summer (the time of year that I was there), casting a mystical ocre shade on the cobblestones below. Moving from beneath this canopy into the forested canopy of the Sagrada Familia, it is easy to find yourself in a fitting sense of awe from the spiritual beauty of the space -- the connectedness of it, the sense that for this building to exist, there must be a 2 way flow of inspiration and admiration: the flow towards a source of oneness, timelessness, and unmoving perfection, and the flow from that source towards all the incredible diversity of life in nature, worldly beauty, and sensuality. Being in his space you feel this ascending current that draws from the beauty of the world to send it back into heaven.
No photograph can really give the sense of this, but by layering the Tipu Tree and the view up into the main tower of the Sagrada Familia, I am trying to get at the feeling of that space -- that the divine and the natural are not two. They flow into each other like the water and nutrients flow through a Tipu Tree: from the one trunk to the many leaves, and back again.
Gel transfer & acrylic on birch panel in a maple floater frame.
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I began developing as an artist in Lafayette, LA, my hometown. After a transformative summer at Interlochen Arts Camp, I went on to study at the Lafayette Parish High School Arts Academy under Kathy Reed. I then studied Visual Art and Urban Studies at Brown University. After graduating in May 2013, I moved to New Orleans to practice art and to work as a graphic & architectural designer and planner. I've shown my work in galleries in Lafayette, LA, Shreveport, LA, Providence, RI, and New Orleans.
Connor McManus is a New Orleans artist living and working in the Uptown neighborhood.
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