Mary O'Malley

Long Island, NY

My motivation for making has always been led by an interest in seventeenth to nineteenth century decorative arts. Initially evoked in a body of work called Bottom Feeders, I have developed an interest in subjects that involve curiosity - natural imagery playing a large role in my work through allegory. With the current climate regarding immigration, particularly the dialogue surrounding Brexit and the rhetoric of the U.S. Presidency, I am finding the juxtaposition of the past's celebration of the exotic and unknown cultures, compared to today's closed boarders and xenophobic hate speak interesting. By exploring this subject and placing it in the context of historically affluent decorative arts, I am remediating this old, traditional method of hiding political messages in decorative work into my own personal and contemporary dialogue.
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