Gene Mann is a largely self-taught artist who makes mixed-media paintings, collages, and sculptures. Mann was trained as an interior designer, and began to develop her artwork in her 20s out of an urgent need for catharsis in response to family experiences. Her approach, rooted drawing with particularly sensitive mark-making, has been called calligraphic. A recurring motif in Mann’s work is the human figure, rendered with simple forms and lines. She draws inspiration from both Modernism and the drawings of Francisco Goya. Her work also has an ongoing dialogue with that of Madeleine Spierer, with whom she has shared a life-long friendship and mutual admiration.