Mandy Greer is a multidisciplinary artist working in symbiosis with fiber-based installation, photography/film, performance, social and environmental interactivity.
Teaching others how to free themselves from preconceived notions of what they can and can’t do with their hands, materials, and their lives is also an interwoven part of Mandy’s art practice. She is inspired to challenge and blend the boundaries between ways of making and between process and final product.
Mandy’s work is grounded in tradition, which opens avenues for people of diverse backgrounds to connect with her work. She is continually connecting herself to older ways of making, an investigation of craft on a haptic level — through a visceral passionate engagement with materials and ideas rather than virtuoso technique – to stitching, tinkering, inventive jury-rigging and the long tradition of using little means to create an expansive vision, turning the mundane into the transcendent.
As a teacher, Mandy is interested in helping students unlock a sense of transgressive freedom with creating, rather than getting a technique down correctly. Artists have always been ancient guides for boundary-breaking, slipping between worlds, ignoring constrictions, shedding skins. In contemporary culture, when we view art as a ‘product’ or something that has to look ‘good’ rather than a spirit-expanding process, we are echoing capitalistic principles that have separated us from the true healing power that art has always offered in human cultures.