Mandy Pedigo received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Webster University in 2003 and her Master of Arts in Education from Fontbonne University in 2008. Currently she is a candidate in the Master of Fine Arts program at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Her work explores the relationships between self, land, history and memory. Mandy grew up in diverse landscapes of Missouri and Arizona. She travels extensively to experience a variety of landscapes.  

Artist Statement:

“Landscape recalls you into a mindful mode of stillness, solitude, and silence where you can truly receive time.” - John O’Donohue

When I was young I was taught how to be at home in the surrounding landscape. I could go outside to the wilderness or just in my backyard and feel connected to the land. I found solitude in the open spaces of landscapes. It was with the land that I could quiet the voices of my life, both internal and external. The process of weaving is solitary; it draws me inward into a reflective meditative space that I once only found in nature. The strands of weaving hold space together and form a relationship that creates whole cloth. Weaving is a metaphor of relationships we have with each other and with land.