painting about eight years ago upon hearing a radio broadcast predicting
the end of the world by a certain date. Believing that we would
all soon perish, she prayed for God to reveal the purpose of her
life. According to Vanise, she received the clear response that
her purpose was to paint, "like there was no tomorrow."
She painted day and night until the prophecy was proven to be false
and the date of reckoning was past.
She now works at a more reasonable pace, and has become well known
for her self-proclaimed freedom to experiment, her whimsical subject
matter and her broad range of self-invented styles and techniques.
Vanise believes that "all colors are good" and "there
is no such thing as a color combination that doesn't work."
She also has a wonderful sense of humor that is often evident in
the titles of her mixed-media creations.
Born and raised in Philadelphia and formerly homeless, Vanise was
guided to a low cost housing facility of Project H.O.M.E. and now
lives in a shared apartment in the Germantown area.
Vanise designed the 40 foot mural which now appears on the side
of Project H.O.M.E.s main headquarters at 1515 Fairmount Avenue
which has since been featured twice in Philadelphia's mural arts
calendar. Her work has also appeared in several other books and
publications, and at least 35 of Coalition Ingenus exhibits.
We Are Family
media on paper
paint on cut paper
14 x 17 (18 x 24)
Rooster and Red
color on paper
18 x 24 (24 x 30)
Girl, Did you Hear?
media on paper
x 18 (20 x 24)
19 x 24 (24 x 30)
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