Mandy trained as a painter at the Hunter Street and Newcastle University art schools in the late 1970s and early 80s. She worked mainly in two dimensions, exhibiting paintings and drawings in a variety of media over the following two decades.
During the years of raising her family and paying the mortgage there were limited funds available for paint, and as her supplies dwindled she began to use whatever materials on hand. Mandy would stitch images with fabric from old clothing, collage with paint sample colour chips as well as making cardboard and papier mache constructions. In this way Mandy moved toward a more three-dimensional way of working.
She now uses found and recycled materials in her work as a preference, but she also still very much enjoy using paint, canvas and paper.
Dungog Contemporary presents Paradise January-February 2018.
Mandy describes her rationale for the body of work on exhibition as a part of "Paradise":
Drawing is for me a meditative process, and I often use very repetitive lines and elements. These repetitive elements, and my preference for the use of found papers and materials to incorporate colour are evident in the wall work currently showing at Dungog Contemporary. The images themselves are non-representational, but the titles often describe my sorrows and anxieties at the time of their production.
During the past ten years I have moved increasingly toward sculptural work, and the cardboard assemblages now on exhibition at Dungog Contemporary are examples of what I think of as three- dimensional drawings. The repetitious actions of cutting and stapling provide a meditative aspect, and I enjoy the freedom, in this kind of drawing, of not being bound by the edges of a page or canvas.