Mandy Coppes-Martin

Mandy Coppes-Martin is a visual artist, working primarily with paper and pulp using fibres such as hemp, sisal, cotton rag and silk.

Initially at the Johannesburg Art, Ballet and Drama School, Mandy went on to study Photography at the Vaal Triangle Technikon and then began a diploma in Fine Art in 1993 at the University of Johannesburg. She then completed her Masters Degree in Fine Art (cum laude) in 2004. Mandy concentrated on the development of local and invasive plant fibres for the production of specialist papers for her research project. A study visit to Japan provided a framework for an alternative method of making paper using long fibres found in South Africa.

In Holland, Germany and Belgium, Mandy worked with various paper experts in three-dimensional paper-casting techniques and sheet production for the printmaking industry. She has been involved in various outreach and paper making training initiatives in South Africa, Mozambique, Botswana, Germany and Belgium.

In 2012 Mandy became a full time artist producing work in paper and silk. Her works "Trembling Giant" and "Virgin Pulp" were awarded the runner-up prize in the Sasol New Signatures 2012 Art Awards.

Mandy's work is shaped by the natural world conceptual as well as in the material choices she makes. An autobiographical narrative runs through them, ethereal entities with creeping sections of decay woven into their beautiful construction. The works are conversations of the complexity of life.

She has exhibited in numerous group shows in Johannesburg, Pretoria and Cape Town, as well as in Belgium and the Philippines. Mandy Coppes–Martin lives in Johannesburg and currently works from the Newtown Artist-Run Centre at Assemblage in Johannesburg, South Africa.


Mandy Coppes-Martin

Selected Exhibitions

2000 Solo Exhibition titled "Genetic Underclass"

2001 Solo Exhibition, titled "Fotografie" in Belgium

2002 Group exhibition titled "Broken Borders" in Stellenbosch

2002Group exhibition titled "Transformation" Works in Paper at Art on Paper.

2003Group exhibition titled "In Dialogue" travelling show, Belgium and South Africa.

2007Group exhibition titled " "The Forgiveness Project – Unity Gallery, South Africa.

2008 Group exhibition titled "Wasted 1" Unity Gallery South Africa.

2009 Group exhibition titles "Collaborate", Unity Gallery, South Africa.

2009 Group exhibition titled "Wasted 2", Unity Gallery, South Africa.

2009 Group exhibition titled " Sasol New Signatures, Pretoria Art Museum, South Africa.

2011 Group exhibition titled " Collaborate", University of Johannesburg, South Africa.

2012 Group exhibition titled " Sasol New Signatures, Pretoria Art Museum, South Africa.

2013 Group exhibition titled " New Voices", Art Space, Rose bank, South Africa.

2013 Solo exhibition titled "Killing the Goose" Lizamore and Associates, South Africa