Special Solo Presentation at KunstRAI Art Amsterdam Fair

Topics: Invitation
Posted:May 29, 2016 by Julia

You are invited to 'Kunst RAI' Art Amsterdam Fair

From Wednesday 1 June to Sunday June 5, please come and see a special presentation of my new ceramic works and charcoal drawings at Kunst RAI Art Fair in Amsterdam.  You will find my artwork in a special solo section of the Art Fair called Kersentuin (Cherry Garden) organized by Kers Gallery. In this area, there will be solo presentations by 18 contemporary artists who, like me, developed their ceramic work at the wonderful residency EKWC (European Keramiek Work Centrum).

Fellow artists in Kersentuin: Hans van Bentem | Vika Mitrichencko | Merijn Bolink | Eiko Ishiozawa | Yasser Ballemans| Ipek Kotan | Couzijn van Leeuwen | Robbert Pauwels |Nina Frankova| | Dorine Camps | Tanja Smeets | Marja Kennis | Corwyn Lund | Damian Kapojos | Zeger Reyers | Marjan de Voogd | Efrat Zehavi | Hendriekje van Houweninge|

Exhibition Opens in Virginia

Topics: Invitation
Posted:April 12, 2016 by Julia

Friday, 22 April 2016

Exhibition Opening 18:00 - 20:00

"Seats of Power : Recent Works by Gayle Wells Mandle and Julia Mandle"

Greater Reston Arts Center, Virginia (USA)


Open Studio Invitation

Topics: Invitation
Posted:February 7, 2016 by Julia

Please come visit me during the open studio afternoon at EKWC:
On Sunday 14 February from 2:00-5:00pm, the doors of the European Ceramic Work Center will be open to welcome visitors interested in seeing the work-in-progress of the current 12 resident artists and designers. 

Current EKWC Residents: Merijn Bolink, Miranda La Fleur, Maarten Kolk/Guus Kusters, Erno Langenberg, Couzijn van Leeuwen, Kate Moore, Julia Mandle, Zeger Reijers, Leunora Salihu, Koen Taselaar, Sekyun Ju. 
The working title for my new body of artwork is An Immigration, underscoring how I migrated from one material (fabric) to another (ceramic) during my process.  Conceptually, however, my project was sparked by my experience of moving to Holland and attending an ‘inburgeringscursus’, the intensive, required Dutch language and integration course together with other immigrants from around the globe. Over the course of a year and a half in these weekly lessons, we shared our diverse stories of relocating, of leaving home and about tensions, sacrifices, and dreams. The experience sparked my desire to create a body of work that explores the emotional and psychological impact of immigration.  These ceramics are the core of the artwork that I am and will be exploring during my three-month residency at European Ceramic Work Center (EKWC. I am very grateful that my residency has been supported by the Mondriaan Fonds
Address of EKWC:
Almystraat 10, Oisterwijk, Netherlands
Click here for directions.

To visit EKWC at another time, please contact me to schedule an appointment via email: julia@juliamandle.com

Future exhibitions of An Immigration are planned at the following venues: Newport Art Museum (May-August, USA) and Zuiderzee Museum (opening August, NL), as well as a touring exhibition of "Game II" at Greater Reston Arts Center (April-July, USA).
Photographs of ceramics taken by Sofie Delvaux
Study for An Immigration, 2015, 13 x 27, ceramic.  Bottom L  Research photograph for An Immigration, 2015 Bottom Study for An Immigration, 2015, 30 x 30, ceramic and glaze.


Julia Mandle receives Mondriaan support for upcoming Residency

Topics: New(s)
Posted:November 4, 2015 by Julia

I am very grateful to soon begin a residency supported by the Mondriaan Fonds at the renowned European Ceramic Work Centre where I will continue to develop my body of work called "An Immigration," which is about making tangible my own experience of moving to The Netherlands and attending a required language and assimilation course. This new body of work is also about migrating from one material to another: from sail cloth to ceramic. This residency follows my intensive research period, which was based in part at the Tilburg Textile Lab and the Zuiderzee Museum, where I was able to study the 17th century art of sailmaking. For more information, see previous blog.


Julia Mandle in residency at EKWC from mid December 2015 - March 2016

Public Talk on Monday December 14, 2015

Topics: Invitation
Posted:November 4, 2015 by Julia

On 14 December, I will be speaking at 'Cultuur in Beeld' conference by the Ministerie van Onderwijs, Cultuur, en Wetenschap under the theme 'Verbinding in Stad' (connecting the city). 

I will speak about my experience creating chalk shoe performances in various cities in America (NYC, New Orleans, and Pittsburg) that I designed to engage youth by inviting them to make their own mark on the city in collaboration with cultural institutions. See the link, blue section #5 from top.

Development Grant / Ontwikkelbudget

Topics: Work in Progress
Posted:November 4, 2015 by Julia

Thanks to an AFK Ontwikkelbudget from Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst awarded in 2014, I have been able to devote the past two years to research and developing a new body of artwork about making tangible my own experience of moving to The Netherlands. The working title for my artwork is 'An Immigration'. 
Conceptually my project was sparked by my own experience in 2011 of attending an ‘inburgeringscursus’, the intensive, required Dutch language course together with other immigrants from around the globe, including a Coptic Christian priest from Egypt, a mother from Israel, and a physicist from Iraq. Over the course of a year and a half in these weekly lessons, we shared our diverse stories of relocating, of leaving home and about tensions, sacrifices, and dreams. The experience sparked my desire to create a body of work that explores the emotional and psychological impact of immigration. 


My research lead me to Enkhuizen where I discovered my own family’s traces in Holland and became immediately fascinated by 17th century boats. The sails intuitively became my focus because I sensed they symbolized possibilities and challenges inherent in migrating to a foreign land. I was able to study the 17th century art of sail-making with an expert at the Zuiderzee Museum. The experience was deeply effecting. Beyond learning the traditional techniques, I absorbed and observed the materials in their context and realized that the boats became like human bodies in my imagination. I saw them as ‘embodied’ materials. The wooden frames and structures became bones. The tanned sails seemed like shed skins. The sails became more than remnants of cross-sea voyages but also appeared as traces of movement and emotions that reflected their owner. In this context, I was able to realize how much the ideas of fragility, time, and displacement were combined within the conceptual trajectory of my project about immigration. 


Intuitively, I decided to dip and roll parts of my sails in to liquid clay and turn them into ceramic relics/fossils. These ceramics are the core of the artwork that I will further explore and develop during an upcoming residency at European Keramiek Werk Centrum (EKWC Dec 2015 – Mar 2016). My developing body of work also includes exploring using old clothing pattern-paper as sails (animated through wind generating fans) and installing large groups of them as a migrating pattern of forms over walls. I have also been exploring making embroidered pattern illustration like maps, and using raw skins of clay to cover banal objects like suitcases. With this evolving body of work, I hope to reflect my experience of moving, which has been a mixture of both struggle and opportunity, of holding on to familiar aspects of my homeland while shedding old ways of being and embracing a new sense of freedom to reinvent myself in a new land.


An unsettling coincidence for me is how the current news is full of stories about the urgent and desperate flood of immigrants into Europe.  Especially noticeable for me at this time is the volume of public debate about immigration and how the complexity of the situation and personal stories get lost. During this time of recovery from an economic recession, we are witnessing an increase in tensions between citizens and immigrants –also in America- and a rise of anti-immigrant feelings.  As in my previous projects, I  would like to create work that raises awareness and stimulates empathy between people.