Thursday, April 9, 2020 - 10:00am

Join us for a remote lecture by Carly Mandel.

Due to COVID-19, the PSU Studio MFA Program is conducting its programming remotely for Spring Quarter. This event will stream live at

Carly Mandel’s practice considers how objects and people are medicalized within late capitalism. Her sculptures focus on how survival is represented through commodities; by re-representing these objects, she illustrates how we are all unable to thrive independent of their consumption. This reveals a paradox: As our society supposedly advances, our bodies weaken, and we see more of a struggle to succeed, or even live, without intervention. Drawing on her personal experiences from observing her process of becoming medicalized, Mandel’s works highlight how we are augmented by medicine and synthetic objects––namely, the privatization of life itself.

About the artist
Carly Mandel (b. St. Louis, MO) is an artist working in Brooklyn, NY. In 2015, she received her BFA from the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, OR. Her sculptures and videos have been shown nationally and internationally, most recently, in a solo exhibition at Hamtramck Ceramck in Detroit, MI. Mandel was a 2017 recipient of the Emerging Artist Grant from the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and a 2019 recipient of a Visiting Artist Fellowship from UrbanGlass. An interview between Mandel and Kerry Doran was published in BOMB in 2018. More information about her previous exhibitions, panels, press, and awards can be found on her website: