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» Maize has now earned her Master's Degree in Interdisciplinary Humanities, while simultaneously completing a graduate-level certificate program in Publishing. What's next? We're shedding our long-term Self-Taught Artist identity! Maize is now part of the Studio Art MFA program at Florida State University. (more)

» Medusa, Her Word Against His won First Place at the Museum of Fine Arts Summer Annual in Tallahassee, FL (May, 2014).
» Medusa, In Her Sunday Best won a Jurorís Merit Award at the LaGrange National XXVII Exhibit in Lagrange, GA (Spring, 2014).
» The Steampunk Chronicles once again nominated MANDEM for Artist of the Year in their Reader's Choice Awards (2012, 2013, 2014).
» Life/Support was a semi-finalist in the American Legacy Foundation's "Make Ugly" National Art Contest.
» Just Skin won First Place for Student Submissions at DragonCon 2013.
» Skin Horse, one of two works by MANDEM in the Creative Tallahassee 2013 exhibit, won an Honorable Mention award.
» With This Ring, by Allie Marini Batts, featuring cover art by MANDEM, was a Quarter Finalist for the 2012 Mary Ballard Prize from Casey Shay Press.
» The list of Airship Pirates awards keeps growing (2011 - 2014), including multiple nominations for best art.
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Fermentation Lounge Art Show Flyer Interviews
» Capital City Villager, Vol. 2, Issue 1 (Fall, 2013)
» Tallahassee Democrat Sunday Magazine (October, 2013)
» Carpe Nocturne Magazine, Vol. 8, No. 1 (Spring, 2013)
» The Weekenders Magazine, Issue 3 (November, 2012)
» Penduline Press, Issue 5 (Spring, 2012)
» Airship Pirates: Behind the Scenes, Irregular Magazine (January, 2012)
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Art Shows
» (Visit the Current Shows page for an active list of shows and events.)

Recent Publications
» Book: The Blue Hour, Vol. 3
» Literary Journal: Nonbinary Review, Issue 1
» Book: Taste:2013 (ELJ Publications)
» Book: Postscripts to Darkness 5
» Book: Pirates & Dragons (Cakebread and Walton)
» Literary Journal: Psychopomp Magazine, Issue 3
» Literary Journal: Lackingtonís, Vol. 1, Issue 1
» Book: Uno Kudo, Vol. 3 (Interior Art)
» Book: Postscripts to Darkness 4
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MANDEM is a symbiotic pair of transdigital -punk artists, Maize Arendsee and Moco Steinman, working in both digital art and traditional art mediums such as oil painting, mische technique, mixed media, and acrylics. Our themes include: mythpunk and mythology; steampunk and alternative history; cyberpunk and human-animal-machine hybrids; gothic, horror, and dark fantasy; monsters and chimeras; and queer feminist art. Important visual influences include German Expressionism; influential sci-fi fantasy artists such as Brom and Giger, and traditional painters such as Maxfield Parrish, John Atkins Grimshaw, and the surrealist and visionary movements. Other influences include James Barrie (Peter Pan), Lewis Carroll, Lovecraft and other Gothic Victorian writers; Bertolt Brecht and epic theater (also theater of cruelty and theater of the absurd); Robert Graves, Mircea Eliade, and the great mythographers of the Gilded Age; Jungian philosophy; the ancient Greek and Roman poets √Ę‚ā¨‚ÄĚ especially Euripides and Ovid; and epic modern myth-makers such as Tolkein, Clive Barker, Guillermo del Toro, George Romero, and Neil Gaiman. Our work has appeared in gallery shows and we have designed album or book art for the Cruxshadows ("Dreamcypher" and "Ethernaut"), Michael Schulman ("Home"), Abney Park ("Airship Pirates" RPG), and we designed the promotional art for the Dragon*Con 2012 Horror/Dark Fantasy Track.