Review in Artscope Magazine

Topics: Work on View and New(s)
Posted:July 18, 2016 by Julia

Review by Suzanne Volmer, Artscope Magazine

"Of Water & Bone: Mother/Daughter Mandle in Newport" 

July/August 2016



"...The artists' aesthetics have gravitational pull toward process charged with cultural awareness and investigatory layering of content worth contemplating, especially in an election year. Gayle explores global issues of water sustainability and Julia examines the topic of immigration..."



Exhibition "Of Water & Bone" Newport Art Museum

Topics: Work on View and Invitation
Posted:July 17, 2016 by Julia

On view from 3 June - 9 August 2016
Newport Art Museum
76 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, Rhode Island


You are invited to 'Of Water & Bone'
I am pleased to welcome you to see my latest exhibition 'Of Water & Bone' on view through August 9 at the Newport Art Museum.  This two-person exhibition opened June 15 and includes recent paintings and new glass works by Gayle Wells Mandle, as well as an entire wall of "Correspondence," which we made during one year in response to each other.

"Connected on a fundamental level through biological bonds as mother and daughter, their feelings about the pulse of contemporary life are clarified in individually conceived bodies of work and frequently, artistic collaboration.  Of Water and Bone is their latest joint exhibition, their seventh. The elemental title evokes a looking outward and inward, multiplied by the embodied confidences the artists disclose, and in which they invite us seamlessly to partake." - J. Tonick Champa in exhibition catalogue.

Review Washington Post

Topics: New(s)
Posted:June 13, 2016 by Julia

From recent review by Mark Jenkins "Washington Post" on June 10, 2016:

"The centerpiece of the Greater Reston Arts Center show is “Study for a Monument,” which arrays 88 charred and battered chairs on one side of a wooden teeter-totter. Inspired by the Arab Spring and the Occupy protests, the assemblage resembles a cresting wave.

That imagery is even more apparent in “Rising Tide,” an embroidered silhouette in which chairs surge higher, unconstrained by the gallery’s ceiling. But other works show burning thrones or plummeting chairs, invoking destruction and defeat."

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Special Solo Presentation at KunstRAI Art Amsterdam Fair

Topics: Invitation
Posted:May 29, 2016 by Julia

You are invited to 'Kunst RAI' Art Amsterdam Fair

From Wednesday 1 June to Sunday June 5, please come and see a special presentation of my new ceramic works and charcoal drawings at Kunst RAI Art Fair in Amsterdam.  You will find my artwork in a special solo section of the Art Fair called Kersentuin (Cherry Garden) organized by Kers Gallery. In this area, there will be solo presentations by 18 contemporary artists who, like me, developed their ceramic work at the wonderful residency EKWC (European Keramiek Work Centrum).

Fellow artists in Kersentuin: Hans van Bentem | Vika Mitrichencko | Merijn Bolink | Eiko Ishiozawa | Yasser Ballemans| Ipek Kotan | Couzijn van Leeuwen | Robbert Pauwels |Nina Frankova| | Dorine Camps | Tanja Smeets | Marja Kennis | Corwyn Lund | Damian Kapojos | Zeger Reyers | Marjan de Voogd | Efrat Zehavi | Hendriekje van Houweninge|

Exhibition Opens in Virginia

Topics: Invitation
Posted:April 12, 2016 by Julia

Friday, 22 April 2016

Exhibition Opening 18:00 - 20:00

"Seats of Power : Recent Works by Gayle Wells Mandle and Julia Mandle"

Greater Reston Arts Center, Virginia (USA)


Open Studio Invitation

Topics: Invitation
Posted:February 7, 2016 by Julia

Please come visit me during the open studio afternoon at EKWC:
On Sunday 14 February from 2:00-5:00pm, the doors of the European Ceramic Work Center will be open to welcome visitors interested in seeing the work-in-progress of the current 12 resident artists and designers. 

Current EKWC Residents: Merijn Bolink, Miranda La Fleur, Maarten Kolk/Guus Kusters, Erno Langenberg, Couzijn van Leeuwen, Kate Moore, Julia Mandle, Zeger Reijers, Leunora Salihu, Koen Taselaar, Sekyun Ju. 
The working title for my new body of artwork is An Immigration, underscoring how I migrated from one material (fabric) to another (ceramic) during my process.  Conceptually, however, my project was sparked by my experience of moving to Holland and attending an ‘inburgeringscursus’, the intensive, required Dutch language and integration course together with other immigrants from around the globe. Over the course of a year and a half in these weekly lessons, we shared our diverse stories of relocating, of leaving home and about tensions, sacrifices, and dreams. The experience sparked my desire to create a body of work that explores the emotional and psychological impact of immigration.  These ceramics are the core of the artwork that I am and will be exploring during my three-month residency at European Ceramic Work Center (EKWC. I am very grateful that my residency has been supported by the Mondriaan Fonds
Address of EKWC:
Almystraat 10, Oisterwijk, Netherlands
Click here for directions.

To visit EKWC at another time, please contact me to schedule an appointment via email:

Future exhibitions of An Immigration are planned at the following venues: Newport Art Museum (May-August, USA) and Zuiderzee Museum (opening August, NL), as well as a touring exhibition of "Game II" at Greater Reston Arts Center (April-July, USA).
Photographs of ceramics taken by Sofie Delvaux
Study for An Immigration, 2015, 13 x 27, ceramic.  Bottom L  Research photograph for An Immigration, 2015 Bottom Study for An Immigration, 2015, 30 x 30, ceramic and glaze.