Mandy creates digital black and white photography collages which are sublimated onto canvas fabric. She is a self-taught digital artist and uses her own photographic images as a base before manipulating them into an abstract, layered design. Her pieces focus on the well-known landmarks of the city and the architectural aspects within.
The process of sublimation turns the inks from a liquid directly into a gas when they are heat pressed onto the canvas, where the ink essentially becomes a part of the fabric and allows the texture of the canvas to remain untouched.
Mandy has exhibited her work in art festivals, small galleries and coffee shops throughout Chicago and the suburbs and continues to look for new locations for her next piece. She has expanded to landmarks in New York and Milwaukee and hopes to incorporate new cities soon. She also enjoys working with personal photos to create a one of a kind design that makes for an unforgettable gift.
Mandy graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a degree in Computer Engineering in 2003. After moving to a new condo the West Loop in 2008, Mandy was faced with the task of decorating a large blank wall in her living room. Her husband and she decided that they wanted artwork that represented Chicago and their new neighborhood but was not the standard, big box store version of the Chicago Theater sign. Mandy ventured out to take pictures of landmarks around the West Loop and upon realizing that many of her photos weren't the type to blow up for large format printing, she decided to try collaging four or five of the pictures together to digitally create one design and her style was born.
Mandy stepped back from the festival life a couple years ago to have her two children, Emery (4) and Elliott (almost 2) but now is going a little stir crazy. Look for more events and exhibitions in the coming months.
(both photos courtesy of Christina Marie Photo)