Artist's Statement

For over a decade I have worked as a conceptual visual artist with a socially related art practice that was based first in NYC and since the last seven years in Amsterdam. My artwork incorporates a wide variety of media: from charcoal to sugar, from performance to embroidery, and from photography to installation. What is consistent among all my projects is the original inspiration that I draw from current events and its impact on individuals. I think that my experience of witnessing the violence of 911 -the powdered covered people wandering the streets and the charred office papers continually raining from the sky- crystalized this artistic direction. The experience deepened my search for traces of people and their touch in the city. Coming across a lost worn-out shoe, a message written on a wall, or even a personal story in the news that takes my breath away, can all become starting points of my artistic response. My intention is to contribute to society by making stories tangible and stimulating empathy between people.

Julia Mandle