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Manju Shandler
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Park Slope



ARTIST STATEMENT: I am a visual storyteller who communicates with the viewer through narrative imagery, imbued with elastic meaning. I am creating a new visual mythology that explores the process of mankind corrupting the natural world in pursuit of progress. My narrative mixed media paintings and tapestries are a meditation on current events presented as a psychological landscape that builds upon established story lines in pursuit of ordering madness in dense and complicated times. My artwork reflects on the past, while it probes the future. The blueprint of how I create work can be broken down like this: I isolate a contemporary phenomenon, find a myth or story with relevance, and illustrate their intersection, using an arsenal of imagery and techniques assembled through research and intuition. Much of my work is on polyester film, a thin translucent plastic. This material allows the staging environment to be visible through the work, breaking the metaphor of painting as a window into another dimension. I mark this surface with India ink, grease pencil, printing, acrylic and spray paint. I sew this work together creating large multi-layered plastic tapestries.
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  • The March of Time
    2019
    Mixed Media
    Flexible 48 x 48 x 48 inches minimum
    For this series I have created a cast of my own likeness. Rather than substituting a generalized female form to make sweeping proclamations about motherhood, I am making stories using myself as the pr

  • Hubbard
    2019
    Mixed Media
    30 inches Tall
    Hubbard, refereeing to the “Old Lady” from the nursery rhyme, is the eldest character in The March of Time.

  • Devi Mom
    2019
    Mixed Media
    30 inches Tall
    The figure Devi Mom illustrates a mother’s need to have so many hands available. Here these heavy, sawdust filled appendages are looped around the mother’s neck like snakes. Her head is ad

  • Medusa Mom
    2019
    Mixed Media
    30x16x16 inches
    Medusa Mom is reminiscent of ancient Greek sculpture. Her body, absent of arms, is wrapped in antique lace, her head sprouting snakes, while her neck is adorned with a collar that reads “Predato

  • Missing Peace
    2019
    Mixed Media
    24 x 16 x 10 inches
    Missing Peace allows the viewer to peer inside the blackness of this figure’s head.

  • Cock n Guf in installation on Governor's Island
    2016
    mixed media
    48 x 60 x 32 inches

  • Cock n Guf in installation on Governor's Island
    2016
    mixed media

  • Cock a Doodle
    2015
    Mixed media
    34 x 36 x 24

  • Eyeball Flyer 1
    2015
    mixed media
    32 x 32 x 14 inches

  • Monkey See
    2016
    mixed media
    18 x 24 inches

  • Divination
    2016
    Mixed media
    36 x 30 inches

  • He Said, She Said
    2016
    Mixed media
    30 x 30 inches

  • Behemoths Installation at ISE Cultural Foundation
    2014
    mixed media
    varies
    My installation of Behemoths was shown at the ISE Cultural Foundation for their summer show in 2014.

  • Democratic Bucephalus: Countries of the Arab Spring: Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Yemen, Bahrain, Syria, A
    2014
    Acrylic paint, India ink, cotton thread and yarn on printed and sewn polyester film mounted on paper
    42 by 42 inches

  • MedusaÕs Conquests: Absolute Dictatorships: Burkina Faso, Djibouti, Belarus, Cameroon, Chad,
    2014
    42 by 42 inches
    In one version of the Medusa myth, Medusa was beautiful maiden who Poseidon raped in Athena's temple. The enraged Athena transformed Medusa's hair into serpents and made her face so terrible

  • EzekielÕs Nap: Currents Communist Countries: Laos, China, Cuba, Viet Nam, & North Korea
    2014
    Acrylic paint, India ink, cotton thread and yarn on printed and sewn polyester film mounted on paper

  • Leviathans 4
    2012
    India Ink, graphite, grease pencil, acrylic paint on printed and sewn polyester film
    36 inches by 60 inches

  • Oil Well: The 10 Top Oil Producers: Russia, Saudi Arabia, United States, Iran, China, Canada, Iraq,
    2014
    Acrylic paint on printed polyester film, cotton thread and steel wire
    30 by 21 by 3 inches
    This piece barrows from my previous series LEVIATHANS which equates whaling with current fossil fuel consumption. They are both naturally occurring, finite super fuels.

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  • Diaspeiro: Greece, France, Switzerland, Germany, United States, Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Puerto Ri
    2013
    Acrylic paint, glass beads, feathers, lace, and fabric trim on printed and sewn polyester film mounted on paper with a foam core base
    Installation is flexible, here shown covering an area of approximately 10 feet by 4 feet
    In these pieces I have used Greek statues, a symbol of democracy, wearing painted flag masks to render the nationalistic symbols meaningless, reminiscent of painted clowns or enthusiastic sports fans.
 








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