Artist, Filmmaker, Armchair Anthropologist

A self-proclaimed cinephile, Salise Hughes is a visual artist who manipulates found film footage to create images that transcend traditional mediums. The resulting work is a study in play, decay, and recycling, in which Hughes reimagines and reframes both the banal (like the ephemeral, impressionistic sketches of daily life made on her iPhone) as well classic works of cinema that have made indelible imprints on our collective consciousness. 

“My method of working is to digitally erase found or repurposed footage then reedit into my own narratives,” says Hughes. “This can become tedious since I need to erase each frame of film in a sequence. It usually takes about three months to complete a three to four minute film. To blow off steam during this process I do something completely different and shoot one take videos on my phone. This started when I would occasionally take long bus rides from Seattle to Portland and I’d just point the phone against the window and shoot. It’s very freeing since there’s no mental process involved; I’m only responding to my surroundings.”


“In 1692 my 7th great grandfather, Constable Orlando Bagley arrested his 70 yr old neighbor Susannah (Goody) Martin for being a witch.”

Antarctica, 2016

The first chapter in what will be an epic journey navigated across erased and scratched frames of film history to reach the melting bottom of the world.

The Swimmer, 2010

With a nod to John Cheever and Frank and Eleanor Perry, a hero’s journey home via cinema.
Antartica #3
Dayride 1
Nightride 2
Dayride 4
Dayride 5

By Amanda

Amanda Manitach is a Seattle-based artist who works primarily in the medium of drawing, merging text with pattern, working aspects of the visceral, dirty, humorous, and sublime into pieces made painstakingly over time. In addition to exhibiting locally and nationally, she worked as Visual Arts Editor at City Arts Magazine for six years, served as curator of Hedreen Gallery at Seattle University (2013-15), and co-founded and co-directed multiple mixed-use arts spaces in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, including TMRW Party and The Factory. She is represented by Winston Wächter Seattle and New York.

She loves to peep on artists' sketchbooks.

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