Marcelline Mandeng (b. Yaounde, Cameroon 1993) is a multimedia conceptual artist working in Baltimore, MD and living in Philadelphia, PA. A recently naturalized citizen and 2015 graduate from the Maryland Institute College’s Interdisciplinary Sculpture Department, their work situates itself within the marriages of performance, autonomous sculptural props and archival methods such as printed media and sound. In August 2015, they became a member and resident performer of ATM, a collective which periodically hosts events at Dahlak Paradise in West Philly.
In their practice, Mandeng mines deconstructive processes in order to transform everyday materials. By evoking cycles of life and death through gestures such as cutting up a white tyvek suit, and turning it into a human hide covered in black glitter; applying orange and red spray paint onto burnt white clothing in reference to Bhuddist monk self immolation rituals or fabricating a replica of dave the potter slave jug in their likeness; they generate personal symbols as a mean to obsessively catalogue their life experience and the historic artifacts that informs it. The ephemeral objects mediate healing rituals or performances where the self, other and audience collaborate to both question and reimagine ongoing colonial borders of spirituality, intimacy, family and language affecting those within the african diaspora.