1111 manifested itself into my life. Over the years, these four numbers would show themselves in coincidental yet seemingly mundane instances. As time passed, there seemed to be more to these numbers than pure coincidence. These numbers began to signify spiritual awakening, a shift began in my consciousness. Although I had a stable career in fashion design, my creative spirit needed more. I longed to create work that was authentically my own. I took a leap of faith and fervently immersed myself into exploring painting. I found liberation in my energetic exchange with paint and canvas.
1111 marks my work with my ability to channel astral consciousness through my innate hypersensitivity. 1111 is representative of the growth I have experienced on this artistic path. Synchronously, the sum of 1111 equals four which parallels the characters in my name, Anna. The four markings represent the four seasons, four phases of the moon, four winds, four elements, four directions, and fourth dimension. The four markings represent wholeness; in signing my work with 1111 I find totality.
The artist’s works are creations developed through meditative practices, dreams, and divinatory messages interpreted with acrylic paint and other mixed media. Her process is bridging dimensions of reality with what she perceives through her deep spiritual connection to what is known and what is mystical.
Through cathartic spiritual practices, shifting between tangible and unseen in her studio, Manila channels pieces that represent alternate realities and unusual landscapes of color. Utilizing her hands to create lyrical movement on the canvas, translating the etheric downloads she receives. The artist’s intentions with her work are to capture what she sees beyond this realm and to create a visual invitation to experience glimpses of hyperdimensional travel.
The work she creates explores the human relationship towards multiple realities and the tangible existence we call life. With the natural gift of transcendence during meditation, experiencing otherworldly knowledge and beauty, the artist creates art through the perspective of one individual’s experience. Her abstractions are merely captures of these temporal experiences of color, sound, and movement. Hoping to release the viewer from a narrow perspective of reality, these images inspire one to dive deeper into themselves beyond their surface experiences.
Anna Manila lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Manila received a BFA in Fashion Design at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. She moved to New York in 2012, she has worked as a fashion designer for various brands from Elie Tahari, Haute Hippie, and others. Manila’s design background continues to influence her artwork.