Artist Statement

In my recent mixed media works, I have been concentrating on everyday life experiences and the basic human emotions that go along with these experiences.  Acceptance and rejection, finding and staying true to yourself, giving all you have, and spiritual growth are all major themes in my work.  I also incorporate elements of death and the afterlife without making my pieces overly macabre.  I use mostly women in my little allegories; some are obscure and some iconic.  I will use an iconic woman to embody a certain trait that I am trying to reinforce in a work.  In college, I started with very intense Christian paintings and drawings, moved to lithographs about personal experiences, and am now focusing on trying to create mixed media pieces from which everyone can take away something different.

I attended college for painting and drawing.  I concentrated on creating very large, very powerful religious works, depicting Christian symbols (doves, lambs, sacred hearts) and Christian scenes (passion scenes, madonnas, pietas).  Toward the end of my college career, I became enamored with lithography; I loved the process, and I loved that it enabled me to make multiples of my work.  When I would work in lithography, the size of my work was restricted by the size of the litho stones.  I felt as though the intensity of my religious work may be compromised due to the size restrictions, so I switched to a lighter subject matter of personal experiences like my job as a waitress, or the stress of graduating, finding a job, and entering the real world.  In a way, I used my lithographs as a therapeutic diary about what was happening in my life.  I worked a lot with litho plates; these allow you to work digitally, while still using the lithographic printing process. By layering multiple colors and multiple plates, unknowingly my lithographs were setting the foundation for my future in mixed media.

Several months after graduating, while working a 9-5, I started to feel the caustic effects of not having access to a print studio everyday.  I started in my usual method by looking for visually interesting images to combine for a piece.  Since I had no means to turn these pieces into a lithograph, I started painting small canvases, printing out the collage elements on archival cardstock, and adhering them to painted backgrounds.  After working in drawing and lithography, I was immediately excited by the textures created by the mixed media; I also enjoy the freedom you have when working in collage, as opposed to the very process-oriented lithography.

Instead of using Christian scenes and symbols as subject matter, I now use them as integral and contributory elements in my narratives.  I extracted the emotions and themes from my former lithographs and apply them in a universal sense rather than just personal.  I took the method behind constructing one of my litho plate pieces and adapted it into the tangible and instantly gratifying process of collage.


3 Responses to “Artist Statement”

  1. anna rybat September 21, 2009 at 8:09 pm #

    thank you.
    i have to write one anyway.
    it is a struggle for me.

  2. Brandy Baker December 9, 2010 at 4:49 pm #

    Hey Mallory. I’m not sure if you remember me from High School, but this is me now. Ha Ha. I just want you to know that you have inspired me very much. I have been very insecure about what I’m doing (becoming a graphic designer), but watching people that I know do these magnificant pieces gives me hope. I am very impressed with your knowledge of different mediums. I feel I am very limited in comparison. I hope to see more great pieces.

    • thatswhatshesaidart December 22, 2010 at 1:48 pm #

      I do remember you! Your kind words mean a lot! Thank you! Good luck with your graphic design! I look forward to seeing your work!

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