Maria Maneos received her BFA from Arcadia University and her MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. She is the founder and director of the nonprofit organization, Brush With the Law (Community Service Arts/ReEntry Arts). Maneos engages in short-term and long-term collaborations, particularly with other nonprofit organizations and their constituents, as well as other professional artists, college students/interns, non-artists, municipalities, and socially marginalized populations to create public art in varying forms.
Her venture to bring people together from diverse, and oftentimes adversarial communities helps generate new conceptual, theoretical, methodological thoughts and innovations that integrate and move beyond discipline-specific approaches to address larger social issues. She uses art as research to experiment with new ideas and aid in the development of meaningful projects that challenge stereotypes and bring awareness to and social change for people and their environment.
Captivated by the teachings of Carl Jung, Plato, Michel Foucault, and Joseph Campbell it only makes sense that I find myself searching within the study of psychodynamics – the systematic study of the psychological forces that underlie human behavior, especially the dynamic relations between conscious and unconscious motivation.
I like to listen, think and reinterpret most things I see and hear in life and apply these thoughts, findings and reinterpretations through my work.
Recently discovered that John Lennon’s song “Watching the Wheels” has a direct reference to Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave.” It is found in the 2nd verse. I don’t know why this makes me so happy but it does.
“People say I’m lazy dreaming my life away,
Well they give me all kinds of advice designed to enlighten me,
When I tell them that I’m doing fine watching shadows on the wall
Don’t you miss the big time boy you’re no longer on the ball”
Before Night Falls
I am that angry and lonely child of always,
That throws you the insult of that angry child of always and warns you:
If hypocritically you pat me on the head
I would take that opportunity to steal your wallet.
I am that child of always
before the panorama of imminent terror,
imminent leprosy, imminent fleas,
of offenses and the imminent crime.
I am that repulsive child that improvises a bed
out of an old cardboard box and walls,
certain that you will accompany me.
Arenas’ Reading from the movie ” Before Night Falls”