Artist Talk with Julia Mandle
“Embodied Materials….When is the last time you played with clay?”
Recently transplanted to Amsterdam, New York artist Julia Mandle will introduce herself, her conceptual art practice and offer Spring House members a chance to get their hands dirty.
Her artwork incorporates a wide variety of media: from charcoal to sugar, from dirt to bronze, from performance to installation, and most recently ceramic. What is consistent among all her projects is the original inspiration that she draws from current events and its impact on individuals. Her experience of witnessing, while living in NYC, the violence of 911 --the powdered covered people wandering the streets and the charred office papers continually raining from the sky-- crystalized her artistic direction. The experience deepened her search for traces of people and their touch in the city.
Her current work “An Immigration” is based upon her own story of recently moving to The Netherlands and attending a government sponsored assimilation course where she met other immigrants from all over the globe. A recent artist-in-residence at EKWC helped her translate into clay, her various experiences and emotions of moving to a new homeland –joy, fear, awkwardness, and vulnerability. You can see her artwork currently around Spring House as well as on view at the Zuiderzee Museum (through November 6) in a solo Acquisition Exhibition. She is a recipient of support from Amsterdam Fonds voor de Kunsten and Mondriaan Fonds.
Please let us know if you are interested in joining the event.
Date: Friday October 21st
Spring House, De Ruyterkade 128, Amsterdam