Natural Replications: Brenda Mallory

22 May

Whenever we go hiking, my eyes are always drawn to the textures and details surrounding me.  I love running my hand over rough & scaly tree bark and soft, green moss.  Portland artist Brenda Mallory’s sculptures mimic the abstracted details found in nature, the very ones that enchant and fascinate me each time I step outside.

Explosion in Gold, wax cloth and welded steel, 18x18x10

Explosion in Gold ( detail )

Mallory’s work follows nature’s patterns of repetition and rhythm, organic forms grouped together to a soft, undulating whole.

Undulations, Waxed cloth, nuts, bolts, welded steel, 48x70x6

She juxtaposes the natural molds and materials with more industrial elements like bolts and welded steel so that the sculptures become a statement man’s impact on old growth systems and environments.

Scaffold, waxed cloth, welded steel, 14x18x4

Waveform (dark), waxed cloth, threaded rods, nuts, 31x5x4.5(detail on right)

To see more of Brenda Mallory’s work, please check out her website!

Featured image is Trophy ( detail ), cloth, wax, welded steel, 20x20x13.  All images are via the artist’s website.

4 Responses to “Natural Replications: Brenda Mallory”

  1. yercinnamongirl May 23, 2012 at 10:07 am #

    Hi! I thought you may like to check out my Art Posts on Wednesdays. My last one featured my cousin an artist that had the same idea with repetitive patterns. Check it out if ever you have time 🙂

    • Lesley May 23, 2012 at 10:59 am #

      Thanks for letting me know! I’ll check it out!


  2. Dean Whitehorn artblogs May 26, 2012 at 8:21 pm #

    Beautiful use of materials. Great work


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