Artist Statement:

MANDEM’s work is an exercise in categorical violations, exploring the mythic boundaries between humans, animals, and machines; anachronism, juxtaposition, and magical realism break down expectations about history, social norms, gender, and biological possibilities.

Both the theoretical and world building aspects of MANDEM’s work have been deeply informed by a background in antiquities, mythology, intellectual history, and literary theory. By transmogrifying foundational metaphors and myths of western culture, art can point the way to a new postmodern (and perhaps postapocalyptic) mythos.

The content of the work is often described as dark, but MANDEM prefers to consider it spiritual chiaroscuro -- the horrific elements are shadows that are always meant to bring the luminescence of the soul into relief, as the sublime violently brings the beautiful into

MANDEM can be found online at

GIFT: Giving Ground



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