2022 Project-Based Artist in Residence
Mandy Bernard lives and works in Homer, Alaska. Mandy combines manipulated textiles and hand-tufted fiber sculptures to navigate themes of relation and personal dissonance. The consistent thread in her work is its repetitive and process-heavy nature. Working within textiles from a foundation in printmaking, pattern and duplicity are important aspects of her practice. Her current focus of work revisits personal interactions that are translated through manipulated textiles, hand-tufted fiber sculptures, and surface pattern. The differing textures and mediums in each piece suggest a dissonant exchange, while the final sculpture represents a conversation between two people, a question and an answer, a call and a response.
For her Project-Based Residency, Mandy Bernard will finalize a long-term wearable art collaboration with Lawrence-based artist Alicia Kelly. She will concurrently collect video and sound material for a new project, The State That I Am In. This work will study the relationship between social identity and sense of reality, and will be carried out over a 6-month period of travel beyond her own studio and community.