Mandy’s artistic direction has evolved from graphic design to contemporary
photography. Her work has been exhibited worldwide, including The Photographer’s
Gallery, Deimar Noble, The Mall and Cork Street Galleries in London, and the
Science & Technology Park, Hong Kong.
Her current and ongoing series of work, ‘SOUP’ has achieved international
recognition being awarded First Runner Up in the Photography Book Now
Blurb 2011 competition, the images of which were projected onto the walls of
The Aperture Foundation in New York. Her work has been published and
printed in over 20 countries, including TIME Magazine US, GEO, The Financial
Times, and an online selection made by Stephanie Braun of The Photographer’s
Gallery for Source Magazine. She has contributed to an article for CNN
International concerning arts relationship with the environment and the
role it can play in the debate around climate change. Her work has appeared
on TIME magazines’ photography blog, Lightbox, for Earth Day, April 22nd 2012
and her work has been shown in The Explorers Journal after her voyage across
the North Pacific Ocean in July 2012.
Her work aims to engage with and stimulate an emotional response in the
viewer by combining a contradiction between initial aesthetic attraction and
subsequent message of awareness.
Mandy’s current photographic projects have been focused on the representation
of material debris in the sea and more recently on the mass accumulation of
plastic in the world’s oceans. The impact of oceanic plastic is an area Mandy
has been committed to for many years and is continuing to pursue through
innovative visual interpretation. Mandy has been nominated both in 2012 and
2013 for the prestigious Prix Pictet Award, which is the world’s leading
photographic award in sustainability.
Mandy talks internationally about her work and in November 2013 was invited
to speak at The Plastic Free Seas Youth Conference in Hong Kong.
In May 2014 Mandy is undertaking a residency with The Sirius Art Centre in Cobh,
County Cork Ireland, where she will produce a series of work highlighting the
marine debris issue in and around Cork harbour.
MA Photography (Distinction) – De Montfort University 2011
HNC Photography & Digital Imaging (Distinction) – Leeds Metropolitan University 2009
BA (Hons) Graphic Design (First Class) – Northumbria University 1986