“Spirit Illuminated” is the subject for artist Rosanne Mangio’s exhibition on view at Metro 417 downtown through Dec. 6.
Mangio, a sculptor and longtime Palisades resident, considers herself a ritual artist.
She started using images of Buddha and Quan Yin, then she moved on to bring out images of “old ones,” our ancestors, through the faces of African and Native American elders. She feels that masks are a way that we can re-remember who we are and from where we came.
“In this project, I wanted to show that humanity and spirit are completely and ex- quisitely connected,” Mangio says. “That we illuminate through our face recognition who we really are, and that recognition gives us all a sense that we are not alone on our journey to the divine.”
Mangio grew up in Pacific Palisades and lives in the house her parents built. Her father Vince owned and operated the Palisades Barbershop on Antioch for 41 years. He sold it to barber Joe Almarez.
Making her career with the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks, Mangio ran senior citizen centers, an art center and served as director of several Recreation Centers, including Palisades Park and Rustic Canyon.
Mangio has been an artist for 40 years, specializing in jewelry design and sculpture. The gallery, Metro 417, is located at 417 S. Hill Street, Suite 100. Contact (213) 620-0095 for more information.