Latex plays a large part in Mandy El-Sayegh’s work. She uses it as a skin to bind, protect and encase paintings, works on paper and installations, and as a solid material for sculptures, such as uneven floor tiles on which people stand unsteadily to view her work. A familiar product from her Malaysian birthplace, latex holds El-Sayegh’s collaged fragments together in a coagulated form. Plundering her personal archive of ephemera and hoarded scraps, she layers newspapers, maps, drawings, sweet wrappers, photographs and Arabic and Chinese calligraphy. Grids also recur throughout her work: in the tiles; steel box-like vitrines that are used as an organisational device; and in newspaper sheets used to paper the floor and wall.
Mandy El-Sayegh (born 1985, Selangor, Malaysia) lives and works in London. El-Sayegh studied at the University of Westminster and the Royal College of Art, both London.
I’m interested in the accumulation of meaning through a layering system … I include fragments of conversations, headlines, materials; it can be really nonsensical stuff, but it becomes loaded when you put it on other material.
– Mandy El-Sayegh