Fallow Collective: “Bonds” happening/performance this summer in Seattle


Fallow Collective presents the second edition of ‘Bonds’, an in-city family residency that will take place in a series of public leisure sites around Seattle this summer.

Join in this performance of ‘Bonds’ on a picnic blanket in Volunteer Park. You will find us in a small grassy field, just west of the Seward statue, in front of the Conservatory.  1402 E Galer St, Seattle, Washington 98112.  From 5pm – 8:15pm (sunset)

This edition of Bonds falls on the full moon, and also on the 12th anniversary of when one Fallow Collective member began feeding another Fallow Collective member (….my milk came in, after giving birth two days before). To celebrate the cycles of fertility we ALL were born of and our connection to this celestial orb, we’ll be offering you ‘moon bread’ and red velvet cake!

To give back to the cycles of fertility, we are asking you to bring menstrual supplies that will be donated to All Cycles, an outreach project that provides support for menstruating folks who are homeless. http://allcycles.org/

The work doesn’t get done without you.

Help create weavings on the bodies of Fallow Collective artists.
We’ll have additional circle weavings set up so you can put on your own fingers to see what it’s like. It’s wonderful.

Feed yourself with Fallow Collective home-made bread and experimental desserts.
Feed us while our hands are tied up in the mode of production.
Experience the pleasure of making, giving and receiving, in a no-goal, no-skill, no-judgement framework bolstered by the energy of hands in motion together.

Bread, Fruit, Flowers, Desserts, Risk, Vulnerability, Companionship and Touch will be available on the picnic blanket from about 5-8:15pm (at sunset). All are welcome, All ages. You are welcome to bring your own blanket, and things to share. Come rest with us, linger, pass the time, make, eat.


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What is Fallow Collective?

Fallow Collective places itself at odds with the dominate narrative of the art world for the maternal artist, that residencies = no children allowed, that children are a distraction, that studio time = ignoring your child.

Fallow Collective chips away at the frustrations that the maternal artist must choose between studio time or having friends, must choose between studio time or spending time with your partner and family, choose between childcare costs and participating in cultural events, choose between drinking with other artists or being alert to care for children. Fallow Collective rejects that the maternal desire to be near your child is at odds with studio practice, that maternal desire is only of importance/of consequence to a maternal audience and that care-taking is of little value to the art world unless done by a man…..all this we aim to resist even as we acknowledge the times it feels true. We aspire to a shift. A shift where the maternal is not hidden behind an artist identity, a shift where the artist mother is visible, is not swallowed whole by the dominant culture’s notion of what the maternal should be.

Visibility is a political position. Fallow is what happens when ‘production’ slows , but health and fertility returns. The Un-health of market capitalism only views the artist as ‘productive’ when they are churning out luxury goods to be bought and sold on a rarefied market.

Fallow Collective takes its cue from a lineage of relational and maternal aesthetics. Not presenting a fantasy or imagined vision of reality, but an actual mode of living and plan for taking action within the world as it is, even on the smallest scale of a social picnic. Rather than viewer and object, meaning is held and passed between all parties involved collectively.

Who is Fallow Collective?

Fallow Collective is an incubator and laboratory of an inter-generational core group of artists consisting of Mandy Greer, Hazel Margolis and Paul Margolis, who together –thicker than water and thicker than thieves– create installation, performance and media works. Primarily generating works through an on-going series of ‘family-in-residence’ projects, both independently generated and supported by traditional residency programs, Fallow Collective challenges and upends the arbitrary boundaries between art-making, leisure, care-taking, family and exploration.



Interactive Performance Installation with Alice Gosti

SAT JAN 23rd, 7-9pm

Olympic Sculpture Park

2901 Western Ave, Seattle, Washington 98121

‘Before You Were Born and After You Are Gone’

The first in the series of Art Encounters at the Park – SAM Olympic Sculpture Park Winter Weekends

Event is free and open to the multi-generational public.
RSVPs requested: visitsam.org/winter


Mandy Greer and Alice Gosti join together to dip into their already flowing works-in-progress to offer a forum for play, experimentation and connection -reinforcing communal bonds, that in uncertain times seem tenuous, but like love, must be activated to remain strong.

Immerse yourself in the flux of works being built around you, your hands joining others in the present moment. This evening event is an aggregation of durational performance and multi-media immersive installation, workshop and laboratory, exploration and game; where teaching becomes ritualized movement and making as choreography. Play becomes research that upends the hierarchy of audience and artist, adult and child.

A multi-generational performance company of professional and non-professional performers guide you through a labyrinth of cyclical and gentle prompts, tasks, connections and gift exchanges based on ritual childhood games, craft projects, and childlike urges. Through this, learning and teaching others becomes a way to test our ability to open to others around us, and the physicality of handwork accesses the immediacy of the communal instinct.

Set against an abstracted environment of mountain and sea, that seeming permanence is rendered in the soft contours of raw fibers reclaimed from the domestic sphere. The hard rock and crashing waves become both a metaphor for our inner world, familial tensions and release, and the site of social and political flux and upheaval.


Both artists meet at the desire to examine the physical and psychological weight of the connections we have and need with other living beings. The threads that bind us to each other in responsibility are represented by the weight of the child in society, either abandoned or carried by all.

Through carried weight, this project functions as a reminder that the human community has always been on the move, that burdens have always been shouldered as humans have thrown their fragile bodies to the mercy of the natural world, crossing sea and land passes to seek peace and a way to just live. And how we choose to care or not care for each other is one of the heaviest burdens we bear.

Greer and Gosti both work to make the invisible visible, through both political and poetic metaphor, whether it be the buried inner life or putting front and center the experiences of those pushed to the margins. Join us and immerse yourself in exploring the invisible and mysterious bonds of being human.

More info on Facebook Invite. Join and spread the word!

BYWB_bannerPerformers include:
Brit Karhoff
Emma Klein
Wyly Astley
Paul Margolis
Hazel Margolis
Callaghan Crook
Eila Crook


Mandy Greer Studio Winter Sale, with guests!


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**EDIT** The studio sale is over but my work remains up until Friday Dec. 18.  Contact me to make a private appointment to shop what remains!


It is time again for my annual Winter Studio Sale, and like last year, I’ve invited a few other fellow makers of beautiful and strange handmade art objects, goods and wearables to join me.

Fiber art, hand-dyed clothing, copper jewelry , raw crystal jewelry, vintage-crafted accessories, art prints and cards

DEC 12 SAT, 11am – 5pm
DEC 13 SUN, 11am – 3pm

The Silver Studio
Mandy Greer’s Columbia City fiber art studio
Enter the studio using the large silver doors on the LEFT Front of the building.

-I’ll have a selection of fiber-based sculptural wall pieces, weavings, wearables, and framed and unframed photographs at studio prices, as well as cards and catalogs. http://mandygreer.org/

-Izzie Klingles will be bringing Izvald: Hand Dyed Indigo repurposed garments, as well as a number of prints and original artworks. https://www.etsy.com/shop/Isvald

-Wyly Astley will be bringing wearable and collectable offerings in wool, sterling, copper, wax and more. Wyly appreciates the juxtaposition of rough and refined which is reflected in both her jewelry and textile designs. http://wylyastley.com/

-Kate Ryan will be bringing Jakku House Sacred Accessories: Jewelry made with vintage chains and raw cleansed and blessed crystals, as well as accessories made from vintage millenary, sculls and other fascinations. https://www.etsy.com/shop/JakkuHouse

-Anna Lord will be bringing soft, zippered bags made from reclaimed and vintage fabrics, with thrifted zippers, just right for carrying cosmetics, toiletries and paintbrushes Anna will also have 57 small works on paper, intricate ink drawings that reflect the tiny world that she produced from weekly drawings done during a two-hour window carved out from her first baby’s first year.

JOIN the FACEBOOK invite to get updates and more pictures!

CASH AND CREDIT CARD ONLY, sales handled by individual artists

Free event

Wine, tea, treats and HYGGE!

Street Parking available, but please avoid parking in front of the house uphill from my studio. My elder neighbor needs access in case of an emergency. Respect your elders!

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NEW: Weaving Wall Hangings Workshop

We are innately drawn to the charms of weaving, evocative of so many rich metaphors –bring disparate parts into a whole, interlacing of ideas, the inter-dependency of the communal. It’s a human technology that has been around for 27,000 years –even before agriculture- and still captivates us. In the ancient Greek mind, weaving was linked to singing and storytelling, which makes sense when you sit at a loom, the strings not unlike the strings of a lyre. It is an archetypal coming together of human necessity and creative expression, and represents the cosmos in many cultures, infinitely expanding order out of chaos.  For Homer, it represented intellectual activity, and the subversive way women claimed agency and legacy. Weaving goddesses ensnare and trap, measuring out the fiber of being.

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Let’s weave together.

The woven wall hangings so popular today are a throw-back to my own youth of the 70’s.  But sitting at a loom for a devoted period of time seems to kick up ancient memories. Weaving was my gateway drug to fiber arts, when I was 8 years old and had the chance to weave on large 19th century looms in the attic of an old Girls Scout lodge in Virginia.  I felt something mysterious had been revealed to me.
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Since then, I’ve longed to have my own loom, but been daunted by the cost and space. Yet people around the world have created weaves on the slightest of looms, and I challenged myself to create a communal experience making this practice easy for anyone.

I’ve broken it down into simple steps that I can teach to any beginner, but will guide students to make a complex and rich work with plain weave, sumac stitch, basket weave, poofs, tufts and angles. We’ll work on easily-built basic looms and you’ll get instruction on how to build your own low-cost, low-tool loom at home.   Come join in the warm studio atmosphere, with tea and snacks, and conversation with others in the class as you create. This is a 5-hour class, we’ll take a short lunch break at noon, so bring a sack lunch. I’ll have homemade muffins and hot chocolate. Don’t wait to the last minute to register! Classes are cancelled a week before, if registration isn’t met.


MATERIALS: I have some incredible luxurious and organic materials for you! I have acquired a HUGE lot of samples from a Tibetan rug making company, with 100’s of colors in earth tones and jewel tones, and we’ll reclaim this amazing hand-spun and dyed wool to create our tufts, fringes and weaves. The yarn is not overly processed and still has some lanolin in it, and has a natural character to it.  I also have many many skeins of natural colors of wool in Icelandic and unprocessed Merino wools, as well as many colors of roving, natural jute-type fibers and reclaim cotton knit. All tools provided.



NOV 1, SUN, 10 am – 3 pm

NOV 14, SAT, 10 am – 3 pm

NOV 15, SUN, 10 am – 3 pm

NOV 29, SUN, 10 am – 3 pm

DEC 5, SAT, 11 am – 4 pm

DEC 6, SUN, 10 am – 3 pm

DEC 26, SAT, 11 am – 4 pm

DEC 27, SUN, 11 am – 4 pm

JAN 2, SAT 10 am – 3 pm

JAN 3, SUN, 11 am – 4 pm

ON-DEMAND WORKSHOPS:  Don’t see a date you can do?  Get four friends together and I will schedule a workshop that works for your schedule on most days Then I’ll promote to fill the class.  Have 6 or more friends?  Schedule a private party and get a big discount.

COST:   $70 per person, ONLY 10 SPACES PER CLASS.

You must pre-register and an Informational Email will be sent to you approximately 7 days before the class. Classes need 5 people minimum to run.  So spread the word to friends!  In the past, I have run classes under-enrolled, but can longer afford to do that.  If you want to have your class run, you need to invite friends along!  You will be notified 7 days before class if it is canceled, and a refund will be issued.

Not eligible for the 3-class $90 discount package. If you have purchased a package, you can apply $30 to this class fee.

AGE/ABILITY: Great for beginning weavers!  You can do this!  It just takes dedication.    For adult learners,  and children 12 and up who have an interest in weaving, and ability to focus for 5 hours are welcome to attend alone.

WHERE:  At The Silver Studio in Columbia City, Seattle (my studio)


-Be sure your contact email address with Paypal is correct. That is where I send the “Informational Email” (class confirmation, material list, where to buy them, and the studio address).  If you want a different email used, contact me.

– If the class you want fills up, please email me your desired day and I will put you on the waiting list and/or notify when I hold another series of workshops.

– One week before your class, workshop fee is non-refundable, but can be transferred to another person.

Private Parties: Weaving Private Parties are available in my studio only. Up to 10 people for 5 hrs, for $500, plus a material fee of $10 per person.  Contact me for availability

GIFT CERTIFICATESGive studio time as a gift!


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Support my installation at Dai Bosatsu Zendo, receive an artwork of your own

DBZ-link pictureI’m raising funds to make possible a project – a research residency and interactive environmental installation — that I have been invited to do at Dai Bosatsu Zendo, a Rinzai Zen Buddhist Monastery community on an isolated 1400 acres, high in the Catskill Mountains Forest Preserve in NY.

This very unique experience offered to me and my work came about because Dai Bosatsu Zendo community members experienced my work at my solo show at The Hudson River Museum last year in Yonkers, NY, and felt like the land they inhabit has something to offer me as a place to explore and interpret through my work.  They have invited me to spend two weeks in August at the Monastery engaging with the natural world and their community through personal artistic research and through creating a fiber-based environmental installation in the land, in collaboration with my partner artist Paul Margolis and our son.

In several of the aged maple, birch and oak trees we’ll be creating a lacy cavern of grays and silvers – inspired by a memory of a tiny dome-shaped cave called Sönghellir we visited while on residency in Iceland with our family–made of shredded old clothes and wool yarn acquired from small, ethical sheep farms both in Washington and the Catskills region of NY.

The installation will also function as an interactive site for repose and handwork activities I’ll guide, providing a welcoming threshold for visitors for DBZ Family Weekend and the wider Catskills Mountain community on DBZ’s Open House on August 21-23.

Your support for this residency will also fund a much larger project, as this installation called ‘Woolgathering’ will become part of a large-form immersive exhibition premiering in 2016, of installations and performances that ask questions about the human need to make ‘home’, not just as shelter from the elements, but more specifically as ‘sanctuary’ or ‘refuge’.

The ‘Woolgathering” project will also be happening at Seattle Art Museum’s Sculpture Park on July 18th as part of their Eco Day activities, so Seattle-area people can also join in the making of the lacy cavern!

Incentives to donate!

I’m offering many perks for those who care to donate: workshops, cards, books, but I am most excited about making you something.

To fund this project I want to engage with you on a very personal intimate level, to create for you a one of a kind artwork rendered in fabric.  Unlike other crowdsource funding campaigns, I want to avoid offering cheaply-made trinkets as incentives.  It really is counter to what I do, to create such waste.

My larger project –that this residency supports –is about investigating how we make ‘home’, and one aspect that fascinates me is how the bed becomes the access to our dreamworld subconscious.  So to support this residency, I offer sewn artworks that are actually quilted pillows that you use as prompts to explore your own dreamworld.  We’ll begin with a questionnaire that prompts you to express thoughts and imagery.  I use this to interpret and reflect back to you a quilted design created out of fabrics I’ve collected on my travels, old clothes and meaningful textiles.  Think of it almost like a tarot reading in fabric, not as divination, but a mirror to reflect your attention when you place your head upon it to sleep.  What I’ll make for you is unknown, what you’ll dream is too.  But through this shared process, we can approach sleep as a time of discovery.

You are needed and valued!

Without your investment in my work, this continuing project and research time, I won’t be able to make it happen.  With even a small donation, and even just spreading the word, you become a benefactor who boosts the development my work further, and allows me to create an artwork in this incredibly unique setting!

Dai Bosatsu Zendo has opened their heart to me, and my small collective of artists.  They’ll be providing us with a room in the monastery, then a small meditation cabin.  They’ll be sharing their food with us and supporting our explorations of the land.  I’m so honored to be asked to do this work, and humbled by the support from those who are inspired by my work.

Project Impact

Being offered this gift of time and space in forest and in community from Dai Bosatsu Zendo is so inspiring.  I am open to the unknown of who I’ll connect with through this project, what I’ll learn, who I can communicate with, with the gifts that I have in my hands.  It’s what I have to offer the world.

DBZ has also embraced my process of working in a collective with my family members.  As a working mother/artist this is still a very rare and valuable opportunity to do an artist residency that embraces the blending of parenthood and art making.  My 2016 exhibition will be fed by the accumulation of work I’ve done through a series of residencies with my artist partner Paul Margolis and our son the last 3 years, creating films, photography, environmental interventions and costumes in remote landscapes.  We’ll continue this exploration together at DBZ.

Through this process, my work for the past several years has explored the similarity of the siren call of wildness to the potential to lose oneself in motherhood, the tension to retain a separate identity while grappling with the seductive pulse of biology. These sojourns in the wilderness act as points of departure to unravel these complex tensions, the dilemma between the lived experience and cultural projections of family.

Thank you!  I hope you’ll read more and consider supporting this time of work and research.

HUGE Fabric, Yarn, Notions and Vintage Clothing Sale at Mandy Greer Studio


**EDIT** Last weekend’s sale was great!  But there is still a lot left, so on SAT MAY 9th from 10-2, I’m having a “Grab Bag” sale for the rest.  Come stuff a paper grocery bag full for $10 ****

HUGE Fabric, Yarn, Notions and Vintage Clothing Sale.  Lots of Odd and Beautiful treasures May 2, SAT,    9 am – 3pm May 3, SUN,   10 am – 3pm 15 Years of accumulated materials from my Fiber and sculpture Studio are getting all cleaned out, and priced to go very cheap.  All different kinds of fabrics from linens, cottons, vintage yardage and dismantled clothes, satins, velvets, lycras, everything!  yardage and remnants of 1970’s double-knit in fantastic patterns. . Remnant rolls for .50-$2.00 and huge amount of large bags of pieces in sorted colors for .50-$1.00.  So great for Kids projects, Quilting, Collage, Scrapbooking, Art, Sewing. Bins and Bins of all kinds of yarn, from boutique to craft,  for $1.00 per skein.  Glitter. Beads. 1000’s of vintage buttons, feathers, notions, bias tape, doilies, pins, fasteners, zippers grommets, bobbins.  hand-made beads, ribbons, leather gloves Vintage quilts and quilt pieces, vintage 1940’s upholstery samples.  Vintage wood picture frames, photo paper, theaters lights with barn doors. Mod-Podge, spray starch,  and brand new Lendrum spinning wheel elements I never used, and bobbins. 11166078_10206315860600873_643519097_n Vintage Clothes, too! AND two other friends are purging their huge vintage collections, including stuff from Caravan Age Vintage.  A few little vintage ceramic treasures as well! This is where to be if you have a fiber vintage addiction! Bring Cash in small bills ( lots of little items!) No checks, Credit Card option available for purchases over $10 Bring bags!  I don’t have that many. Spread the word, and bring some friends to explore the treasure with!  Join the event on Facebook and spread the word!  I’ll be posting more pictures of the huge stash on the Facebook event, so join to get notifications! 11148605_10205340043074010_5058044508513779543_n

Caldera Artist Residency

This spring, I’m pleased to announce I’ll be attending the Caldera Artist in Residence program!  Stay tuned for more about it, as I prepare to leave for a month in remote Oregon, working next to the Three Sisters Volcanoes.  Here are several images of my work that I will be building upon during this residency.

Many many photographs will be available! "Ember" 2014, archival ink jet photography

“Ember” 2014, archival ink jet photography, shot in Normandy, France

Snaefellsness Glacier Boy, 2012, archival ink jet on watercolor paper

Snaefellsness Glacier Boy, 2012, archival ink jet on watercolor paper

"Every Moment Lost is Lost Forever" 2013, multi-media installation in Villa Olmo, Como, Italy

“Every Moment Lost is Lost Forever” 2013, multi-media installation in Villa Olmo, Como, Italy

"Every Moment Lost is Lost Forever", detail , 2013, multi-media installation and performance in Como, Italy

“Every Moment Lost is Lost Forever”, detail , 2013, multi-media installation and performance in Como, Italy

detail of silver from 'Every Moment Lost is Lost Forever', 2013

detail of silver from ‘Every Moment Lost is Lost Forever’, 2013

"Caved Father", 2012, archival ink jet photograph, shot in Snaefellsness, Iceland

“Caved Father”, 2012, archival ink jet photograph, shot in Snaefellsness, Iceland

'Conjuring" 2014, archival ink jet on water color paper, shot in Normandy, France

‘Conjuring” 2014, archival ink jet on water color paper, shot in Normandy, France

"Cynosura", multi-media installation, 2012, at Centro di Cultura Contemporanea Strozzina, in Florence Italy

“Cynosura”, multi-media installation, 2012, at Centro di Cultura Contemporanea Strozzina, in Florence Italy

Winter Studio Sale Dec 13-14, with special guests!

Viking Princess Neck-piece

Viking Princess Neck-piece

DEC 13, SAT, 12-6pm
DEC 14, SUN, 1-5pm

It’s time again for my Winter Studio Sale at Mandy Greer Studio. Come check out a wide variety of pieces. I’ll have many many styles of fiber and beaded neck-pieces and wrist cuffs from $25 on up to very elaborate statement pieces. I’ll have wall sculpture and garlands, many sizes of framed photographs and very large exhibition proofs of my newest work from my solo show at The Hudson River Museum, all at studio prices. I’ll have a 2 days sale on my prints available in my on-line shop, 11×15 and 8×10 at 40% off, if you order directly at my studio. I’ll have a selection of catalogs and tote-bags. I’ll also have several ‘vintage’ Mandy Greer pieces that will be at super reasonable prices.

And if you remember, my massive vintage fabric and clothing sale last year, I held many favorites back, thinking I would want them. Turns out I would rather fund a new installation for 2016. So I’ll have a basket full of vintage fabrics, vintage buttons, vintage sewing notions, trims, vintage leather gloves and some ladies clothes!

The Studio is at: 5264 39th Ave. S. in Columbia City, Seattle. 

The large Silver Doors on the left front of the building. PLEASE do not block my neighbors’ driveways!

TREATS, Wine and Tea!
Each artist accepts cash and credit cards.

Please join and share the Facebook Invite!

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Cherry Blossom Garland

There will be many green garlands and wall sculptures!

There will be many green garlands and wall sculptures!

Many many photographs will be available! "Ember" 2014, archival ink jet photography

Many many photographs will be available!
“Ember” 2014, archival ink jet photography

I’ve also asked several talented artists to feature some of their work at my sale!

Kate Ryan: will feature handmade crystal and natural gemstone jewelry, and vintage reconstructed veils and headpieces. “A wild child of the Pacific North West, an Aquarian woman born from a long line of Mystics, Healers & Shaman. Turning everyday elements into powerful personal totems. I work with healing stones, found natural resources & recycled objects to create custom jewelry, veils & hair accessories. “

Kate Ryan crystal jewelry

Kate Ryan crystal jewelry

Wyly Astley: will offer a selection of beautiful small items for collecting or giving. Selections include: hand-felted and dyed jewelry, candle holders, note sets, hanging lanterns and electric lamps and small encaustic paintings, as well as walking rocks and divination tools. She will also offer pay-what-you-will short Tarot readings.

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Wyly’s felted rocks

Vanessa DeWolf: provocateur, raconteur and Seattle performance-scene mainstay VD will offer gift cards that will provoke ephemeral and meaningful interactions and social engagement. You CAN give performance art as a gift!

Vanessa Dewolf!  Invite the ephemeral into your life!

Vanessa Dewolf! Invite the ephemeral into your life!

New Mandy Greer 2015 Organizer now available!

New 2015 Organizer

New 2015 Organizer

Since Symbols of time and direction, and time’s passing seem to me to becoming more and more prominent in my work, I thought I’d tackle a request I’ve gotten for several years, to create a calender with images of my work.  I’ve created a personal organizer you can carry with you everywhere.  Write things down with your hand and a pencil!

                      Preview and Order Now to give as holiday gifts!

“This January through December 2015 organizer features the other-worldly imagery of mixed media artist Mandy Greer. Write in the phases of the moon, keep track of when to plant and when to do your spells, when to plan gatherings and when to block off time to revel in the woods alone. Plenty of room to write down all your dreams and desires. Images selected to go with the changing seasons, and to inspire you to see more than is there. Think of all that will happen each changing of the moon in 2015!”

“Mandy Greer: The Ecstatic Moment”, until September 14, 2014 at The Hudson River Museum

The Ecstatic Moment installation, Hudson River Museum

The Ecstatic Moment installation, Hudson River Museum

“Mandy Greer: The Ecstatic Moment” is currently running at The Hudson River Museum, Yonkers , NY, now until September 14, 2014.

And thrilling news, my first East Coast solo museum show was recently featured in a profile in the New York Times.              “Stitching Together Yarn, Memory and History” By SUSAN HODARA 

As well a review in the Westchester County paper “Enterprise News” by Jackie Lupo

And a review on Hyperallergic!  “A Crocheted Phantasmagoria on the Hudson”  by Allison Meier  and also

a review on Huffington Post Arts &Culture, “Artist Channels Ancient Myths, Fairy Tales…In Fantastical Crochet

The Ecstatic Moment is a multi-part immersive installation of fiber-based sculpture and costumes, photography, film and performance that encompasses the entire bottom floor of the museum.  It meanders through six different realms of colored walls and wallpaper, as well as sweeping up into their 24-foot high atrium.

MMMM Water Woman, 2009

MMMM Water Woman, 2009

Mater Matrix Mother and Medium: Waterfall , 2009-2013

Mater Matrix Mother and Medium: Waterfall , 2009-2013

Beginning with my on-going community-based project Mater Matrix Mother and Medium — begun in 2009 —   surrounding the two-story staircase, installed for the Hudson River Museum as a huge weighty Waterfall that you walk through and behind to enter the world below, referencing the massive sweeping beauty of the Hudson River just outside.  Once you descend, you are confronted  with your own image in a majestic floor-to-ceiling Eastlake Style mirror, engulfed by rough and beaded crocheted fiber tendrils of brown branching arms from my  Root Room installation.

The Ecstatic Moment entrance, with Eastlake style mirror and cabinet

The Ecstatic Moment entrance, with Eastlake style mirror and cabinet

EM_entrance_plaqueNext, an intricate Victorian ebonized case, filled with minerals I selected from the museum’s oddities when it used to be a natural history museum, along with stones I collected in Iceland and my travels across the country.  Surrounding this are pieces from my Zuster, Sweoster Systir photography series, a headdress made from yarn spun from my hair and my son’s , and a glittery beaded emerald chandelier from my work “Dare alla Luce”.

Earth and Forest realm

Earth and Forest realm

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Dark Ferns, 2010, archival ink jet on watercolor paper

Dark Ferns, 2010, archival ink jet on watercolor paper

A photograph of my son embedded in the earth, his face ringed in turkey tail lichen collected from a Pacific Northwest forest and a blanket made from our matching hair, sits behind a large and delicate Victorian glass dome of many multicolored birds, from the Glenview Mansion on the grounds of HRM.  This is your introduction to the Earth and Forest realm, and the first experience of how the rest of the installation blends my history as an artist, natural history and historical objects of the museum’s collection of Victoriana and period decorative arts.

'Beholden" , 2010, archival ink jet

‘Beholden” , 2010, archival ink jet

Earth and Forest realm

Earth and Forest realm

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Double Green Man, 2011

Double Green Man, 2011

Along with work I’ve made from 2009-2014 –including elements specifically for The Hudson River Museum installation – I was given access to attic and basement storerooms  full of personal objects and collections from Hudson River Valley inhabitants from the past.  As someone who finds inspiration from dusty ruins and hidden secrets in fairy tales, this was like getting to briefly walk onto the set of Cocteau’s La Belle et la Bête, and take what I wanted!


Gold_dome detailAfter this verdant realm comes The Golden Sphere, a small window into dark shadows and of a glittering gold netherworld.  Illuminated by the intricately beaded ‘Honey Moon’, photographs of my husband as earthen man, pulling gold from the dirt, rich photographs on cotton rag hang suspended in 19th century gilt frames separated from their original paintings.  Here too is a repeated theme of selecting mirrors from the HRM collection, this one a mahogany stared inlaid Moroccan style, creating infinite view points into hidden realms, as it reflects back layers of Victorian bird and wax flowers under glass among my own paper flowers.

The Golden Cage, archival ink jet print, 2011

The Golden Cage, archival ink jet print, 2011

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‘The Honey Moon’, 2011, beads, fabric, yarn, mixed media

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The Ruby Heart, 2011. archival ink jet photography

The Ruby Heart, 2011. archival ink jet photography

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"The Golden Temple" , 2011, archival ink jet photography

“The Golden Temple” , 2011, archival ink jet photography

Gold sectionMy strategy for working these vintage collections into the installation was mostly intuitive, looking for things that I simply desired, as any obsessive collector might.   It often led me to pieces that were damaged or odd in their beauty.  Pieces that might draw out connections and memories in my work, always remembering that these were artifacts that decorated and defined space in intimate personal lives now gone.  My work too is laced with my own life and experiences, my old clothes, my hair, my husband’s, my son’s; old baby clothes shredded and dyed, trinkets and baubles from my grandmother, mixed with junk drawer keys and stones and seashells from travels.


silver-leafed stones and shells and natural history collections from Hudson River Museum archives in Eastlake-style Cabinet


Victorian specimen glass over coral from HRM collection


Dove, from Glenview Mansion

Dove, from Glenview Mansion

Notions of Travel moves through the next several realms, my own and the Victorian sense of exploration and the Cabinet of Curiosities of that time.  The Flesh/Lava realm, Ice/Water realm and Vermillion Room all contain work I’ve made inspired by residencies in Iceland, France and Italy.

"Vanitas", 2012, archival ink jet photography, shot in West Iceland

“Vanitas”, 2012, archival ink jet photography, shot in West Iceland

"Torrent", archival inkjet, 2012

“Torrent”, archival inkjet, 2012

The center piece of the atrium gallery is my installation “Every Moment Lost is Lost Forever”, a towering confection that portrays a lacy inverted volcano in peach-flesh tones, a ring of leather carrion birds spewing an ash made up of collections of silvery grey crocheted ribbons, silver-leafed bones, stone and shells among other things.   Influence by my time spent working in the volcanic landscape if Iceland, but also layered with other ideas of nature, destruction and regeneration.

"Every Moment Lost is Lost Forever" at Hudson River Museum

“Every Moment Lost is Lost Forever” at Hudson River Museum

'Every Moment Lost is Lost Forever' , from above

‘Every Moment Lost is Lost Forever’ , from above

How this installation came to be:

Two years ago, I was invited to visit The Hudson River Museum, and spend time in the Victorian River mansion Glenview, on the Museum’s grounds, to find inspiration.  I walked through room after room of dense patterns of wallpaper, intricate carved wooden staircases and wall cabinets filled with books, shells, curios and marble statues from around the world, birds and music boxes, delicate china dishes and the heavy sense of Victorian desire to tame the chaos of nature.  Nearly every surfaces was decorated with imagery of stylized and contain nature.

Glenview mansion, on the grounds of the Hudson River Museum

Glenview mansion, built in 1877. On the grounds of the Hudson River Museum

Glenview textures

Glenview textures

glenview_bookThis has always been an influence in my work, the desire to create an entire intimate world, using these styles of the domestic interior, but with the sense that nature’s entropy is reclaiming and devouring it all, by shredding up and knotting together the flotsam of my own life with the past, both materially and in concept.

Pink Sitting Room of Glenview

Pink Sitting Room of Glenview

I found myself resting in the pink/peach sitting room of Glenview, listening to a large hand-made music box, late November sun setting on the River and filling the room with golden light and dust motes.  I wondered about the ghosts of the daily private life that was lived in the spaces, when this once was a family home, and all that had changed.

The Glenwood Power Plant on The Hudson River

The Glenwood Power Plant on The Hudson River

powerplant Outside the window, two large smokestacks loom of a Glenwood Power Plant built on the river, now too a ruin of what it once was, but a reminder of the creep of progress that had overtaken the pastoral fantasy of  original inhabitants of Glenview, ending its period as a family home.  But like the intertwined nature of Eros and Thanatos, creation and destruction, stasis and renewal…the mansion now houses a vibrant life as the community’s center for art, history and science.  Gone is the private, but the home now nurtures more families than it ever did.  One energy that over-takes and destroys often recreates, and in turn is devoured again.

EML_underBI took this cyclical idea, the flesh pink of the room, the imagined billowing coal smoke, the birds under glass, the shelves lined in collections of coral and ebony, and it became the volcano of desire, of what fuels us consumes us and begins us again.  The installation traveled to Italy and Paris, accumulating its own collection of silver-leafed stones and bits of wood to add to the collection from Iceland and drift wood and shells from the Pacific Ocean.


Skaftafellsjokull Skrimsli, 2014, archival inl jet photograph.

Skaftafellsjokull Skrimsli, 2014, archival ink jet photograph.

The ocean, the river, the stream, the glacier, the iceberg lace themselves through the entire experience of the overall installation.  Actual rivers and shores populate my films that are in every realm, adding their ambient sounds like a circulatory system throughout the installation.  The Ice/Water realm, flanked by MMMM Waterfall, shows images and costumes from a month-long January residency in Iceland, turning glacial ice into intricate patterns mixed with a woven and crocheted cape I made to wear and respond to the incredible Jökulsárlón iceberg lagoon.

'Myvatn Fire', 2013, archival ink jet photograph

‘Myvatn Fire’, 2013, archival ink jet photograph


“jetty”, 2013. archival Ink jet Photograph. shot at Jökulsárlón, South Iceland


'Kvera Blue Bird', 2013, archival ink jet photograph

‘Kvera Blue Bird’, 2013, archival ink jet photograph


The Waters of Your Face, 2009, archival Ink Jet Photography, with choreographer Zoe Scofield

Then to the farthest realm in the galleries is the Celestial Realm, with charcoal walls and dramatic lighting on the glittering stars of the Seven Sisters from Dare alla Luce, reflected in another immense Eastlake-style mirror inlaid with mahogany and ebony.  The center of this realm is filled with a massive intricate black Pelican Goddess enmeshed in 16 feet of black beaded crocheted tangles and paper chrysanthemums ,with yards of white beaded ‘milk’ flowing onto a 12 foot spiral referencing both an over-sized braided rag rug and a galaxy.

entrance to the Celestial realm

entrance to the Celestial realm

Dark Rm_pelican

Pelican, close up, 2008The figure of the Pelican is one I began when my son was a nursing baby, inspired by Tintoretto’s The Origin of the Milky Way from 1580, which depicts Hercules being put to the breast of Juno.  When she pushes the baby away – her husband’s illegitimate child – her breast milk sprays across the sky, becoming the Milky Way.  I choose to create the night sky as a Pelican Goddess because of a legend about the mother pelican piercing her own breast in times of famine to feed her young with her own flesh.

Milky Way, detail, 2008This symbology was popular in Medieval European art as a representation of Christ.  As a woman actually feeding a child with her body, I wanted to reclaim the symbol as a female deity to represent my own bodily experience, to record both my mundane everyday experience of early motherhood but written in the awe inspiring text of celestial phenomena and ancient mythos.

'Mustard Potion', 2014, archival ink jet photography on rag paper

‘Mustard Potion’, 2014, archival ink jet photography on rag paper


Dark rm_euridiceFor The Hudson River Museum installation, the tail of the Pelican engulfs a white marble sculpture of a woman, Euridice from 1870, breasts bared, twisting in a spiral with her hand pulled towards the pelican with black satin ribbons.  This is my favorite pairing of my work with a HRM collection piece, the interrelated qualities of material, mythology and imagery with works around the room is electric.  Around her are other marble columns from the collection covered in carved flowers and holding my collection of lava stones from Iceland, sewn fabric lilies, silver leafed bones.  The emotive quality of the statue is intense longing or mourning, I imagine an intensity pulled from the mythology of her story of separation from Orpheus, connecting my work to the craft of another artist,  Riccardo Grifoni’s interpretation of ancient stories.

MoonAcross from the this white sculpture – whose patina is due to a fire in the 1950’s, which could not be removed from the warn parts of the marble, and consequently deemed the sculpture not quite appropriate  for exhibition  — hovers the huge orb of the moon, made up of hundreds upon hundreds of beads, trinkets, jewelry, stones and shells.  Next to this is a self portrait of myself as “Stone Mother” shot in Snaefellness region of Iceland, equating my own internal landscape as geological.


"Stone Mother", 2012, archival ink jet photograph on rag paper

“Stone Mother”, 2012, archival ink jet photograph on rag paper

Celestial Realm

Celestial Realm

Diagonal from Euridice’s hard white flesh is a dense lush woven and crocheted white cape worn by my son in both photographs and film, as he portrayed his interpretation of the living quality of the Snæfellsjökull glacier, completing the sense of the duality of the body and landscape as hard and soft, delicate and strong, inanimate and alive, intimate yet macroscopic.  The remaining landscape of the room is populated with an intricate Raven — companion of Hecate, the old goddess of the dark and decisions–, and enactments of other familiar archetypes by myself and my husband artist Paul Margolis, shot in various extreme locations on residency in Iceland. 

Snaefellsness Glacier Boy, 2012, archival ink jet on watercolor paper

Snaefellsness Glacier Boy, 2012, archival ink jet on watercolor paper

"Caved Father", 2012, archival ink jet photograph

“Caved Father”, 2012, archival ink jet photograph

"Hecate's Raven", 2011, leather, wool, fabric, mixed media

“Hecate’s Raven”, 2011, leather, wool, fabric, mixed media

raven detail
The final realm, The Vermillion Room is dominated by a slowly rotating forged ring of large turkey vultures, shredded wings spread over a mass of crocheted, beaded and blown glass ‘blood’, culminating in the strong geometry of a quilted compass rose spreading across the floor in 4 directions.  This structure, dealing with time, direction, blood, destruction, regeneration continues my fascination with the carrion bird, this time a more naturalistic portrayal than the mythical carrion birds in “Every Moment Lost is Lost Forever”.


Blood Compass Rose, detail, quilted fabric, 2014

Blood Compass Rose, detail, quilted fabric, 2014

Vermillion_blood_Orph_PGI’ve encountered turkey vultures on several hikes in my home state of Washington, but none more dramatic than once on an elk carcass along the Naches River.  Along with three vultures were two golden eagles and a number of large ravens and a few magpies.  Having just lost a friend, I sat and watched the events across the river in solemn quite that slowly turned  to appreciation at the work that the birds do in the cycle of life.  Often harbingers of death in mythology, the birds actually do no harm, nor do they kill.

Vermillion_blood They turn death into flight, a notion that filled me with relief and awe as this congress of huge birds flew in entwining circles in front of me, as the carcass was above me on a rock ledge.  Further down the river, I collected the sun-stripped bones of a dog and a deer, which a few became a part of the silver expanse of the installation.

'Conjuring" 2014, archival ink jet on water color paper

‘Conjuring” 2014, archival ink jet on water color paper

Furnal, 2014, archival ink jet on watercolor paper

Furnal, 2014, archival ink jet on watercolor paper

Surrounding the vulture compass rose are photographs and video created on my recent residency in Normandy, France, and depict a character I took on called “The Poppy Goddess.”  Traveling with my family, the bucolic landscape all around me was in deep contrast to intensity of sadness I felt throughout my son’s studies of World War II.  As a youngster, he became enamored with the machinery and the archetypal heroics of soldiers.

Poppy Sister, 2014, archival ink jet photography

Poppy Sister, 2014

"Northward", 2014, archival ink jet photography

“Northward”, 2014, archival ink jet photography

Wearing the intricate costume myself, it began to feel like a sort of armor, protecting or numbing myself to my ambivalence with my son’s attraction to the hero stories of war. Because of the multilayered mythology of the poppy flower – both of remembrance and the opium-induced forgetfulness of Demeter, I began to think of the Goddess as just one of an entire order of sisters, who assist (particularly mothers) with mourning the loss of children to war, who might lead one to a path of forgetting, and into dream as the only way to ease pain, and survive.

"Ember" 2014, archival ink jet photography

“Ember” 2014, archival ink jet photography

Vermillion_behind PG

“Poppy Goddess”, fiber mixed media costume, 2014

Orpheus, 1900

Orpheus, 1900

A companion to my Poppy Goddess costume in the gallery stands a 1900 bronze of Orpheus from the museum’s collection, and traced back to the iconic ruins of Untermyer gardens in Yonkers.  Both figures stand as if in conversation with a photograph echoing a lyre form, created from brambles, mistletoe and crocheting arranged on a Norman hedgerow ruin.  Naked in opposition to the cloaked goddess, both figures carry their own mythology of traveling to the underworld,  immeasurable loss and the desire to outwit death — again a thrilling pairing of my work with a turn of the century artwork, both exploring the recurring presence of mythos in the drama of our everyday life.

Orph_Lyre_PG5MB_vermillion lyreEach realm featured a series of my films, most of which you can watch here. “The Ecstatic Moment” exhibition was the premier of two new films, one in the Vermillion room –Hypnos, and the other in Lava/Flesh realm –Every Moment Lost.

hypnos from Mandy Greer on Vimeo.

Every Moment Lost is Lost Forever from Mandy Greer on Vimeo.

'Glacial Wind Witch', archival ink jet photography, 2012

‘Glacial Wind Witch’, archival ink jet photography, 2012

Currently in my shop,  I am featuring a number of archival prints from “The Ecstatic Moment”.

In Limited edition: 25 signed and numbered prints Printed on paper sized 11” x 14” or 12″ x 8″.  Archival Ink Jet Photograph on archival Arches 100% cotton rag paper, 310 grams.This museum quality paper gives my images true deep color on a matte finish.


The Hudson River Museum produced two great videos about the exhibition.  Enjoy!