Mandana M.
Mandana MacPherson
 

As a professional artist and designer, I am interested in how art and design can enhance the existing links between individuals and the materials, objects and nature they encounter.  I find inspiration in the natural environment, but also through the objects in our built environment, including the leftovers of these environments.


I am fascinated by how we learn, how we forget and how we disseminate knowledge.  Materials and objects often initiate the tactile process suggesting interests and ideas.  I ground my work in the present, yet enjoy embedding it with allusions to pasts and futures.  I work with a wide variety of materials, but have also focused extensively on reclaimed inner tube rubber.  This is reflective of a preoccupation of mine with what is left behind and making use. 


Some of my work is physically interactive allowing the viewer or user to participate in the application of meaning with the intent of creating deeper relationships with objects and the larger world.  I find the shared aesthetics that exist between adults and children as they encounter such works compelling.  This type of interaction and play can celebrate one’s individuality while reflecting the pluralistic nature of culture.


   Selected Exhibitions (By Invitation - unless noted)


NATIONAL MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY, The Science Museum of London,

“The Automobile”,  2006 - current


HAYSTACK MOUNTAIN SCHOOL OF CRAFTS, Faculty Exhibition, Deer Isle, ME 2011


THOMPSON GIROUX GALLERY, “Friend of a Friend” West Stockbridge, MA, group show, 2010


NATIONAL MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY, The Science Museum of London,

“Disposing of it” The challenge of materials gallery, 1996-2006


SAN FRANCISCO DESIGN CENTER, Fashion Show/Exhibition, 2006


UNITED NATION’S WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY,

Catwalk on the Wild Side, Fort Mason, Fashion Show, San Francisco 2005


CUMMINGS ART GALLERY, Stanford University, “Signed Design” 3 pieces-mixed media & felt, 2003


CANTOR ART CENTER, Stanford University, “Precious Metalwork” group show, 2003


LEVI STRAUSS & CO, “Earthweek” corporate offices lobby, 2003


ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY, San Francisco office – Used Rubber USA designs, 2002


TURN OF THE CENTURY FINE ART, mixed media sculpture, Berkeley California, solo show, 1999


OAKLAND MUSEUM OF ART, “Hello Again - Recycled Design”, Oakland CA, group show, Feb – July 1997


CALIFORNIA COLLEGE OF ARTS AND CRAFTS, “Re(f)use” San Francisco, group show, 1997


ARANGO DESIGN FOUNDATION, traveling show “Re(f)use”, Quebec 1997, Miami, Florida, 1996


MUSEUM OF FOLK ART, “Recycled- Re-seen”, Santa Fe, New Mexico, traveling exhibition, 1996


FASHION INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY MUSEUM, “Hello Again” New York, NY, 1995


SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTE’S MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY, Rotunda Gallery

“Earthsense” Photographic Exhibition of Environmental Excellence, 1992-1994


BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT – Alaska Campbell Creek Environmental Education Center,

1995 (photograph from Smithsonian exhibition placed on permanent display)


RICHMOND ART CENTER, Exhibition and Auction, CA, mixed media sculpture - “Photo Album”, 1994


CLOUD CLIFF GALLERY, Fashion and multi media, Santa Fe, NM, solo show, 1994


NEW LANGTON ARTS, mixed media sculpture - “Absolution”, S.F.,CA, juried group show, 1994


RICHMOND ART CENTER, “Living in Balance” Recycled art exhibition, group show, 1994


NEW LANGTON ARTS, mixed media sculpture - “Rock Collection”, S.F.,CA, juried group show, 1993


LOS ANGELES CHILDREN’S MUSEUM, pieces included in ongoing recycling exhibits, 1993


SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, “Living in Balance” design exhibition, group show, 1993


ORIGINS – SOHO, NYC, Main display windows for grand opening, 1992


JOHNSON DESIGN CENTER, Seattle, WA, group show, 1992


WHITE BIRD GALLERY, Cannon Beach, OR, solo show, 1991


SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, “Industrial Design California”, 3 designs, group show 1991


SACRAMENTO CITY HALL, CA, Recycling Exhibition, group show, 1991


COMPLETE THE CYCLE CENTER, rubber design work, Denver, CO, solo show, 1991


NORDSTROM - South Coast Plaza, CA, Main entrance display windows, special Earth Day exhibit 1991


ALLIGATOR GALLERY, San Francisco, CA, group show, 1987


WOODS GERRY GALLERY, Rhode Island School of Design, sculpture, juried group show, 1986


DAVID WINTON BELL GALLERY, Brown University, sculpture, juried group show, 1986


LIST ART CENTER, Brown University, Providence, RI, Used Rubber Design work, solo show 1986


THE NORFOLK LIBRARY, Norfolk, CT, pen and ink drawings, group show, 1982


    Permanent Collections

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY, The Science Museum of London

BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT – Alaska Campbell Creek Environmental Education Center

LOS ANGELES CHILDREN’S MUSEUM

NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ARTS AND DISABILITIES - California


   Selected Bibliography of Coverage

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE, Foldout centerfold for cover story, July 1994

SEVENTEEN MAGAZINE, cover product, April 1993

TIRE BUSINESS MAGAZINE, cover story and photo, February 1991


Articles and interviews included in numerous national and international magazines, newspapers, television pieces, radio pieces, and books from 1989-present including:


Magazines: Business Week, People, Natural Health, Vegetarian Journal, USA Weekend, Buzzworm, Metropolitan Home, Bon Appétit, Verge, Mirabella, Mademoiselle, Wired, Office Wise, Fitness, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, New Woman, Sierra, Entrepreneur, Ranger Rick, Newsweek, E Magazine, Glamour, Good Housekeeping, Self, Consumer Reports, In Business, Biocycle, Conde Nast Traveler, New Age Journal, San Francisco Focus, Sierra, Garbage, Tire Review, Rubber and Plastics News, Newsweek, Berkeley Monthly, Men’s Health, Washington Flyer, By Hand, Hotchkiss Alumni Magazine, Brown Alumni Magazine


Newspapers: New York Times, Los Angeles Times, San Jose Mercury News, Woman’s Wear Daily, USA today, San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Examiner, Boston Phoenix, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, Contra Costa Times, Rocky Mountain News, North Beach News, New York Daily News Sunday Magazine, Marin Independent Journal, Coloradoan, Wichita Eagle, Parade Magazine Section, Kansas City Star, Akron Beacon Journal, S. F. Weekly, San Francisco Bay Guardian, New York Newsday, The Orange County Register, San Diego Union, The Lakeville Journal, Choice News, Stanford Report


Foreign Publications: French Vogue, Visio Mono – Japan, Brutus – Japan, Nippon Ecological Network – Japan, Hanatsubaki – Japan, Mono – Japan, Musik Express – Germany, Industrial Design Magazine – Brazil, The Globe and Mail – Canada


Television: CNN, TBS- Network Earth, Travel Channel, Discovery Channel, ABC Home Show, MTV, ABC – local and nationwide, NBC – local and nationwide, CBS – local and nationwide, Fox Television, KQED, European Television, Good Afternoon Colorado, Channel 4 News, Earth Journal, Into the Night with Rick Dees, Maryland Public Television, Impact, Government Broadcast, Name Your Adventure, Cinetal, Dame Edna –England, Alien episode


Radio: National Public radio – Marketplace, Public Radio International – Living on Earth , INFOBONN-Germany, WEFX, KQED, KGO


Books: “50 Simple Things Your Business can do to Save the Earth”, Earth Journal, Choose to Re-use, Haughton Mifflin’s “Integrated Mathematics”, “Environmental Heroes”, Making a Better World-Recycling, Social Issues Resources Series, Close The Loop: The Guide to Recycled Products for Consumers and Small Businesses, Rubber: Fun, Fashion & Fetish

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