Mandy Espezel is an artist originally from the northern community of Fort McMurray, Alberta. Her work is concerned with the subjectivity of bodies, with emphasis on her own lived experience. Engaged in a phenomenological discourse, she is interested in how emotion and thought are connected and communicated through material interaction, and the possibility of those interactions to address and break down socially constructed hierarchies.
Espezel completed her BFA in Art and Design from the University of Alberta in 2007, and her MFA in Art from the University of Lethbridge in 2011. She has exhibited her work throughout Alberta, most recently as a part of the group exhibition On Your Marks at the Southern Alberta Art Gallery, and the “In Progress” MFA exhibition A Body Spectacular. From 2008 – 2009 Espezel co-authored the art-review column Art Box with Jill Stanton, which ran weekly in Edmonton’s “SEE Magazine”, and was a contributing author to Prairie Artsters.com, an independently run blog from Edmonton-based writer and curator Amy Fung.
Espezel’s MFA thesis exhibition will be on view to the public September 15th – September 30th at The Penny Building in downtown Lethbridge, 324 - 5th St. S. Reception September 24th.
Espezel lives in Lethbridge, where she currently teaches in the Art Department at the University of Lethbridge.