Mandy Ridley was born in Richmond, Victoria and now lives and works in Brisbane, Queensland. Ridley’s art practice spans intimate investigations of pattern, colour and craft through her object-based artworks for gallery exhibitions to major site-specific public art commissions. A central focus in her work is an exploration of the relationships and connections between individuals, attempting to establish points of resonance between people of differing cultural experience. Her works are often layered to suggest a multiplicity of contemporary experience that is grounded in historical research and material culture. Ridley’s projects respond directly to site and start with using colour, pattern and craft to explore points of resonance between people of differing cultural experience; tracing history, influence and connection.
She has undertaken residencies in India (including an Asialink residency in 2004) and Australia Council funded research into the Islamic Art of Spain, India and Malaysia. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally since 1996 in numerous group and individual exhibitions and is held by Artbank and in both public and private collections in Australia and India. 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:
I travel/ travail: incorporating memories, sensations and encounters into my personal archive. These experiences of people and place continue to inspire and enrich my work, which is very much about the possibility for intimate and meaningful engagement. Creating a work allows a process of translation to occur, rendering a richly layered record of an idiosyncratic lived experience. These processes are also enacted in the work I undertake for commissions in the public domain that require sensitivity to place, history and culture.