Mandy Ridley was born in Richmond, Victoria and now lives and works in Brisbane, Queensland. Mandy Ridley’s work includes exhibitions and permanently installed public commissions. Her work has been significantly informed by research into traditional craft based skills and material culture, using colour and pattern to explore points of resonance between people of differing cultural experience.
She has undertaken Residencies in India, and Australia Council funded research into the Islamic Art of Spain, India and Malaysia. Mandy has had a long history of engagement with India, through residencies, research and exhibitions, commencing with the 2002 Khoj International Artists Workshop in Mysore. She has returned regularly, maintaining warm relationships with a wide circle of Indian artists and connections. Mandy was included in associated events for two Kochi-Muziris Biennales, in 2012 and 2016, each time exhibiting with Indian and Australian artists. Her work has been exhibited nationally since 1996 and is held in Queensland collections, Artbank and privately in Australia and India.
In 2020 Mandy returned to India to undertake further research towards new projects. She also attended the Dhaka Art Summit as a self funded member of the Australia Council delegation. This visit has generated opportunities for collaborative projects to develop into 2021 and beyond.
Mandy was awarded a Masters Fine Arts from the Queensland University of Technology in 2000. She also holds a Bachelor of Visual Arts (BAVA) Queensland University of Technology, Academy of the Arts, Brisbane (1994) and a Bachelor of Visual Communication (BAVC) Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (1988).
She says of her work:
Experiences of people and place continue to inspire and enrich my work, which is very much about the possibility for intimate and meaningful connections between individuals. These ideas have been embodied within my evolving practice over the last two decades. Ideas of transparency, layering and permeability have been ongoing motifs and recur across media and scale to articulate fluid reciprocal relationships.
These processes are also enacted in the work I undertake for commissions in the public domain that require sensitivity to place, history and culture.