Marisa Mandler is a multidisciplinary artist working across the mediums of drawing, sculptural installation, sound and writing. Through mark making, transcription and recording, everyday events and actions become documented gestures which speak to a larger narrative about the impossible human desire for control and perfection. Culling from a multitude of imagery and reference material, Mandler finds associative meaning and draws comparisons between the personal quotidian and a larger collective experience. Repetitive processes of investigation reveal the peripheral, conceptual and emotional underpinnings of Mandler’s subject matter. It is through these revelations that the significance of this “negative space” becomes apparent.
Mandler was born is Los Angeles, CA. USA and is currently working between Los Angeles and Berlin. She received a Bachelor of Science in painting from New York University in 2002 and a Master of Fine Arts from University of Southern California in 2008. She has exhibited numerously in both Europe and North America and participated in various residencies, including the Skowhegan School of Painting and Drawing in 2010 and Kunsttraject in Amsterdam, Netherlands in 2009. In 2009 and 2010 Mandler was awarded with the Willard Grant in Berlin, Germany and in 2014 and 2016, she did residencies at the Druckwerkstatt im Kulterwerk at the BBK in Berlin, Germany. Her work can be seen in various public collections, including the Kupferstichkabinett at the Nationgalerie, Berlin, Germany.
Currently, Mandler is a full time professor at the University of Southern California’s Roski School of Art and Design.