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Fronted by M. Arendsee, MANDEM is an artist conglomerate with an extensive exhibition and publication history. They work in a variety of media to create art that is simultaneously disruptive and beautiful. Their work on the visceral body, gender, and childhood is in critical dialogue with art history, religious iconography / mythology, and various -punk aesthetics. They have received grants from the Ohio Arts Council, Dayton Visual Arts Center, and FSU Museum of Fine Arts. Past artist residencies include the Associazione Culturale Il Palmerino (Florence, Italy) and Negative Space Gallery (Cleveland, OH). MANDEM has a studio at ARTFUL Cleveland (Cleveland Heights) and live in a centenarian, urban Cleveland house, surrounded by the empty lots where Little Hungary used to be.

» Studio Art, MFA
» Interdisciplinary Humanities, MA
» Interdisciplinary Humanities and Classical Civilizations, BA

See MANDEM's C.V. or the review from CAN Journal (below) to learn more.


MANDEM (MFA, Studio Art) - Painting, Assemblage/Collage, Film, Sculpture, Book-Making. With an academic background in mythology, critical theory, and gender/queer studies, MANDEM works across media and materials, intentionally destabilizing genre in terms of content and media. MANDEM's work has been widely exhibited and published. As Maize Arendsee, MANDEM can be found teaching university-level art classes and presenting original art historical research at academic conferences.