On the occasion of her solo exhibition at Lehmann Maupin, MUTATIONS IN BLUE, WHITE AND RED, artist Mandy El-Sayegh will join Sohrab Mohebbi, curator, SculptureCenter, for a conversation about her practice at the gallery on Thursday, November 29, 2018.
El-Sayegh’s process often begins with periods of focused research of written material, scientific and biological diagrams, and pop cultural imagery. Adapting elements of psychoanalysis to a formal aesthetic that merges minimalism, pop, and figuration, she occupies a quasi-paranoiac worldview as a creative response to societal alienation. From this shifting standpoint, El-Sayegh invokes a complex investigation of the body as signifier in the context of shared cultural trauma, linguistic entropy, and the endless mutability of meaning itself. “My practice is preoccupied with part-whole relations,” explains the artist, “and with ‘procedural thinking’ that allows for observable growth and decay.”