Growing up, our family moved several times across the U.S, sensitizing me to how physical and cultural environments shape personal and collective narratives.
Early works, such as "Padded Room", and "Desperado", focus on the dichotomies between an interior life informed by gender, and the mediated space of conquest and expansion in the cinematic cowboy ‘Western’.
Recent video works such as "Spirits of Promise and Loss" , "Boxed "and "Housekeeping", explore the contextual nature of class and architectural space.
"Spirits of Promise and Loss" uses animation and photographic images the Old Town Mall in Baltimore as a backdrop for the behaviors and movements of ghost-like characters that populate a decrepit model of utopian possibility.
In "Boxed", abject images of throwaway bodies, multiply in confined spaces amidst the undersides of bridges. And in "Housekeeping", an aging ‘professional’ is terrorized by the repetitive labors of the hotel’s young maids charged with maintaining one -of many-impersonal hotel rooms.
Mandy Morrison is a performative video artist, director, and writer. Over the years, her projects have combined video and performance with expanding notions of 'self' in the personal, corporal and mediated realm; in particular, how the body projects itself within varying contexts.
Her concepts often use popular, allegorical and cinematic archetypes of myth and gender as a springboard to present the physical and psychological world of conditioning and desire. Recent projects explore architectural ideology’s effects on the corporeal experience and invite physical engagement. She has worked collaboratively with varying types of communities including civil servants, rural youth, and urban break dance artists. Over the years, she has performed in the installation work of Ward Shelley the video work of Shelly Silver (New York) and created performance projects with Kelly Kivland, Rebecca Davis and Nora Stevens (New York), Gabriella Dennery, Director of Grace Drums (Newark), and sound projects with Bernhard Gal (Vienna), and Charlie Morrow (Helsinki, New York). Most recently she has worked with dance students Tiara Francis and Samantha Seigel as well as faculty and students (of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County) on performative video works that explore issues of power and exclusion.
In addition to videos, site-specific installations and performances, she produced and directed the feature-length documentary film Potential Partners (2006), which explores how family, gender, fantasy and media, dictate what we desire as well as who, and why we love.
Her performance, video and film work have been exhibited and screened internationally in galleries, museums, and festivals including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Kunstlerhaus e.V., Hamburg, and CINESONIKA in Vancouver. As a distinguished educator she has been visiting faculty in video and digital arts at Pratt Institute, and Rutgers University. In addition she has been a Visiting Artist at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the University of Minnesota, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago –among others.
In 2016, she reocated to Baltimore from New York to attend the Intermedia and Digital Arts Masters of Fine Arts program at UMBC. In January-March of 2021, her six-channel video installation work Spirits of Promise and Loss will be part of a group exhibition "Codex" at the Center for Visual Art, Culture and Design, in Baltimore.
Grants and honors include fellowships from the Puffin Foundation, the Meyer Foundation, Illinois Arts Council, the Council on the Arts and Humanities on Staten Island, and the, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts as well as residencies from the University of Wisconsin, the Center for Metamedia, Czech Republic, Cut'n Burns Video Residency in Brooklyn, NY, Ohio State Univeristy's Wexner Center, and the Sacatar Institute in Bahia, Brazil.