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Mary O'Malley
updated: 11/23/2010
website: www.maryomalleyart.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Hanging Garden
Expanding Colony
Altar #2
Altar #1
Altar #3
Altar #4
Haeckel's Bouquet
Hybrid Bloom
Bird Bouqet #1
Bird Bouquet #2
Haeckel's Garden
Garden #1
The Lesson
Mental Map #2
Mental Map #5
 
Portfolio Keywords:  biomorphic, abstract, meditative, mapping, nature, obsessive, organic, pattern, repetition, process
 
 
Hanging Garden by Mary O'Malley
Hanging Garden
ink on paper
2008
72" x  60" 
Expanding Colony by Mary O'Malley
Expanding Colony
metallic ink on paper
2008
32" x  40" 
Altar #2 by Mary O'Malley
Altar #2
ink on paper
2010
19" x  25.5" 
Altar #1 by Mary O'Malley
Altar #1
ink on paper
2010
19" x  25.5" 
Altar #3 by Mary O'Malley
Altar #3
ink on paper
2010
19" x  25.5" 
Altar #4 by Mary O'Malley
Altar #4
ink on paper
2010
19" x  25.5" 
Haeckel's Bouquet by Mary O'Malley
Haeckel's Bouquet
metallic ink on paper
2008
032" x  40" 
Hybrid Bloom by Mary O'Malley
Hybrid Bloom
ink on paper
2007
32" x  40" 
Bird Bouqet #1 by Mary O'Malley
Bird Bouqet #1
metallic ink on paper
2007
32" x  40" 
Bird Bouquet #2 by Mary O'Malley
Bird Bouquet #2
metallic ink on paper
2007
32" x  40" 
Haeckel's Garden by Mary O'Malley
Haeckel's Garden
metallic ink on paper
2008
32" x  40" 
Garden #1 by Mary O'Malley
Garden #1
metallic ink on paper
2007
31" x  35" 
The Lesson by Mary O'Malley
The Lesson
metallic ink on paper
2007
32" x  40" 
Mental Map #2 by Mary O'Malley
Mental Map #2
metallic ink on paper
2005
19" x  25.5" 
Mental Map #5 by Mary O'Malley
Mental Map #5
metallic ink on paper
2005
19" x  25.5" 

Artist Statement

My work begins with a fascination with nature and natural processes in all its complexity and richness.  My most recent body of work consists of tightly rendered ink drawings on paper, mostly kept to a minimum palette of silver and gold inks on black or white.  I draw inspiration from the unpredictable and wild side of nature, combined with a hybrid of images from many sources- botanical illustration, microscopic scientific imagery, the baroque and Victorian decorative arts, architecture, textile patterns, etc.  These diverse elements come together to create an imaginary landscape of fecund abundance.  The ambiguity of the forms is important, whether or not they are in the process of becoming, of evolving and multiplying, or beginning to break down and decay.  They exist somewhere between the wild irrationality of nature and the rigorous orderliness of lace patterns.  I am most interested in them when they go too far, become a bit ostentatious, spiral out of control.  I am interested in a kind of hysterical beauty, which becomes blatantly sensuous, silly, unapologetically pretty, boldly decorative, and aggressively feminine. I want them to embody the spirit of a gaudy chandelier dripping with crystals and lights, a blinding, ridiculous beauty that attracts and repels. These landscapes hold a tension between the seen and unseen, fantasy and reality, creating a topography that is other-worldly, vast, ephemeral and ever-growing.

Artist Bio / CV
EDUCATION2005   Master of Fine Arts, School of Visual Arts-New York, NY1997   Bachelor of Fine Arts, Massachusetts College of Art and Design-Boston, MA  SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS2008   The Secret Garden Mazmanian Gallery, Framingham State University-Framingham, MA2007   ultra-beauty Locco Ritoro Gallery-Boston, MA2006   Curious Intimacies The Artists’ Foundation,-Boston, MA SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS2008   Drawn to Detail DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park-Lincoln, MA           Overflow Laconia Lofts Gallery-Boston, MA 2007   Nexus Sam Lee Gallery-Los Angeles, CA          Group Exhibition Kathleen Cullen Fine Art-New York, NYPaper Bombs Jack Hanley Gallery-Los Angeles, CA          New Art Collective: Emerging Curators Select Montserrat College of Art-Beverly, MA          4th Annual Juried Summer Exhibition Tufts University Art Gallery-Medford, MA          Uncommon Denominator Trustman Gallery, Simmons College-Boston, MA          OnLine: MCC Award Recipients Artspace-Maynard, MA2006   White, Black and Shades of Gray South Shore Arts Center-Cohasset, MA          Repetition: Negotiating the Irrationalities artspace@16 Gallery-Malden, MA2005   Love Small artspace@16 Gallery-Malden, MA          Landscapes: Found, Imagined and Constructed Visual Arts Gallery-New York, NY          Sexual Gymnasium: MFA Fine Arts Thesis Show Visual Arts Gallery-New York, NY AWARDS, GRANTS, FAIRS, ETC.2008   Somerville Arts Council LLC Grant2007   The Drawing Center-Artist Registry2006   Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Grant          St. Botolph Club Foundation Grant-in-Aid Award          Boston Drawing Project Flat Files1995   Gamblin Painting Award-Massachusetts College of Art and Design PUBLICATIONS2007   New American Paintings no. 682000   New American Paintings no. 26 OTHER RELEVANT EXPERIENCE2006-present Faculty, DeCordova Museum School-Lincoln, MA2005   Artist’s assistant, Richard Purdy studio-New York, NY