Inga Manticas is a visual artist living in Brooklyn, NY. Currently centered in drawing, their practice plays with the interactions between fantasy, mythology, and the natural landscape. Magical storytelling and fantastical imagery re-enchant natural places, thus blurring distinctions between material and spiritual conceptions of space. Engaging both animist and materialist philosophies, Inga's work reflects on economic-ecological conflicts in their immediate environment, while seeking an ethical and tightly-connected relation between human creation and the more-than-human world. They are interested in love, longing, mystery, loss, and imagination. 


Recent works include Geography of My Ocean, a drawing installation of "mythical geography" that maps maritime folklore and superstition, and Home Town, a video essay about invisible and disappearing worlds.  Outside of their studio practice, Inga works as a teaching artist at several institutions and schools throughout New York City. Inga holds a BA in American Studies and Visual Art from Columbia University, and has studied art history at the University of Havana.




While in residence at BKN, I will continue to investigate how to use drawing to represent numinous presences in the forest and the sea. I also intend to gather materials in the area to make small sculptures that accompany my drawings. 


I am of Swedish heritage and grew up visiting Nynäshamn, Sweden with my family; returning to Sweden for a residency provides me with the opportunity to continue exploring connections between the folklore and the landscape of this place.


Studio: 3
Date: September 2-30

Inga Manticas was on a general AiR BKN residency. However, they decided to join WAP as a CO-WALKER for the month of September. 

The video My Home Town was selected to be part of BKN booth at Supermarket Art Fair 2024



This video documents a walk that I led with the WAP group, centered around the idea of enchanted space. Drawing from common fairytale tropes about the natural world, I invited the walkers to consider their bodies' interaction with the forest in order to act out notions of an infinite path, a land spirit's curse, secret messages from birds, and spell-lifting rituals.