Described by the artist as “self-portrait as a building,” Room with Chairs and Factory is part of Manders’s ongoingexploration of self through architecture. This installation portrays a suspended moment, a kind of snapshot of theartist’s studio midway through the creation process. “Although I frequently spend years on a composition, ithas to appear as if it’s been made without any interruption and left behind a moment ago.” Fox/Mouse/Belt is an example: it looks like it was molded out of wet clay when in fact it was cast in bronze. Ironically, a long process was needed to achieve the appearance of haste.
Gallery label from 2019