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As a nonbinary individual, they unapologetically challenge the role of contemporary jewelry culture, and its impact and influence on the perception of gender and class. Their adornments are lush with complex fabrication and avant-garde materials that create a new world, M4ND0L4ND. Color is a focal point, often in bright, bold and neon palettes that reference candy wrappers, lottery tickets, and other street treasures. Their wearables are a physical manifestation of a self-made reality, $P4RKL3_FiLTH_CL0UD_NiN3, that processes trauma, life experiences, and their gender identity. The hours of sawing and riveting by hand that is necessary to create their work is a physical ritual that brings them closer to the source of their inspiration and aesthetic goals.

MANDO BEE earned their BFA from Texas State University with a focus in Metals and Jewelry in 2018. They have exhibited their work with Heidi Lowe Gallery, Ombre Gallery, JCK Las Vegas, ACC Atlanta and Baltimore, Vancouver Metal Arts Association, Australian Temp/Contemp Gallery, and Milan, Italy Jewelry Week. MANDO was included in the One for the Future emerging artist program, Placement, The EXHIBITIONIST, and Here We Are during New York City Jewelry Week. In 2018 they completed a 3 month residency at the Baltimore Jewelry Center. MANDO was also included in the American Craft Council emerging artist program HIP POP. They are featured in the Smithsonian Cooper Hewitt Learning Lab highlighting LGBTQIA+ artists, SNAG JaMS, ARTISTAR Jewels, and Accessory Vanity Fair Magazine. MANDO is currently an MFA candidate at SUNY New Paltz.

Where to Buy

Work is not available for sale through the SNAG website. Please contact the artist directly to inquire about making a purchase.