Mandee Schroer was born in Louisville, Kentucky, 1973. In 2000, she received her BFA in Studio Art with an emphasis in Drawing & Painting at the University of New Mexico located in Albuquerque, NM. In 2007, she received her MFA in Contemporary Art Practices at Portland State University. She currently lives and works as artist and art instructor in Portland, Oregon.
Schroer exhibits her work nationally and internationally. In 2009, a project created by Luis Camnitzer, The Last Book - El Ultimo Libro, was on display at The National Library of Buenos Aires, as well as the Zentral Bibliothek, Zurich, Switzerland, and New York Public Library, New York. Her work was published in Volume Magazine Issue #15 and in Portland Modern, Issue #5.
04.07.2011 to 22.07.2011
Mandee Schroer is artist-in-residence at ´ace during July 2011.
I find inspiration in the spontaneous, the unintentional, and the unconsciousness of the everyday. The small urban landscapes that reside on the balconies of homes and buildings, the empty vegetable crates piled high on the sidewalks, or the densely arranged kiosks on the corners of the Buenos Aires Avenues are involuntary, yet so perfect, and hard for me to ignore. I see these “perfect sculptures”, through the lens of my camera, as a tourist and as an artist.
I feel most comfortable mixing mediums. I enjoy taking the floating scraps of ideas and materials and playing matchmaker with them, sometimes with harmonious intent and others with plain sadistic curiosity. The body of work at ‘Ace begins with photographs and the photo-litho process, and then combined with multi-printmaking and non-printmaking techniques and mediums. Keeping with the idea of the spontaneous, the unintentional, and the unconscious, the additional mixed media work should compliment yet conflict with the unpretentious nature of the of the city’s perfect sculptures.