Mandy Stigant

Mandy Stigant

Mandy Stigant

Master of Arts 2008

2011 MFA of Arts in Ceramics
Utah State University, Logan, UT
2008 MA of Arts in Ceramics
University of Dallas, Irving, TX
2002 BA of Arts in Drama
University of Dallas, Irving, TX

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Artist Statement

As human beings we have an innate hunger for meaning and, not coincidentally, an interesting ability to assimilate patterns, to recognize working systems. For all our ability to reason and assimilate, however, concrete answers to our questions of meaning and our hunger for understanding are elusive, vague and often lacking.

In my work I pursue a two-fold exploration. On the one hand I want to express my fascination with that riddle of the human condition, of our need for meaning and our parallel inability to pinpoint it concretely. On the other hand I am fascinated with the fact that our ability to assimilate and reason is not limited to a weighty existential crisis. We also celebrate that ability when we play: we figure things out for fun, and because we like to. To keep grounded in the spirit of play, I base my forms on the contours of unorthodox jigsaw puzzle pieces. I then incorporate elements of division, scale, topography, surface, arrangement and imagery that highlight the original contour even while they lift it wholly out of its original context. The enigmatic form that results is intended to pose an open-ended question to the viewer concerning the underlying meaning to an implied organization.

An immediate formal encounter demonstrates a visual relationship among the parts, a pattern to the surface treatments and an intention with the overall composition. Through that encounter, I want to stimulate in the viewer the desire to seek the source of a visually evident system. By not proffering concrete answers about that source, I intend to encourage the viewer to bring elements from his own experience and perspective, which will play a significant part in any conclusions he may draw. On a broader scale, this work is intended to call to the viewer's attention the more mysterious aspects of the human experience, aspects in which we can take a measure of joy without necessarily fully understanding them.



2018 Galbraith Lecture Explores 'Dante and Liturgical Time'

As we age, most of us ask ourselves, where has the time gone? Borrowing text from UD's Core curriculum, this spring semester's Galbraith Lecture will explore the difference between our own perception of time, and how the philosopher-poet Dante Alighieri viewed mankind's immortal clock, steeped in Scripture and in life.

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UD Presents: 'Dwelling: Paintings by Peter Ligon and Layla Luna'

The Beatrice M. Haggerty Gallery is pleased to announce an upcoming exhibition featuring two Dallas/Fort Worth area artists, Peter Ligon and Layla Luna, who articulate the architectural styling of dwelling spaces in their paintings. Both artists will give presentations at an opening reception on Friday, March 23, at 5:30 p.m. in the Haggar Art History Auditorium located in the Haggerty Art Village on the University of Dallas’ Irving campus.

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Politics Major Empowers Youth, Shares Story Through Theater

Although she herself is not able to vote, Liz Magallanes, BA '18, works to make voting possible for other people. She first got involved with the organization Mi Familia Vota in 2014 and has been contributing to their endeavors ever since, including working with high school students in Dallas ISD. Additionally, she recently had a role in the play "Deferred Action."

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