Tag Archives: Brenda Mallory

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.

Art to Inspiration: Jo Howe

2 May

Wow.  Has another month really gone by already?  It’s Art to Inspiration time again!  This month’s inspiration, Echoes of Fragrant Voices by Jo Howe inspires me on so many levels.  Her sculptures, created from book pages ( love level one- check! ) are full of beautiful shapes ( two- check! ), soft color ( three- check! ), rhythm ( four- check! ) and gorgeous texture ( that makes five- check! ).  Just as with Pakayla Biehn’s work last month, Jo’s work inspired me to create a gallery of varied complementary works, each of which shares characteristics reminiscent of Jo’s work.

The inspiration:

Echoes of Fragrant Voices by Jo Howe

The gallery:

Pendant by Erik Gonzales, mixed media on panel, 60x60

Half Hickory by Virginia Petty

Core III by Joe Segal, wood and paint, 54x9

Trophy by Brenda Mallory, cloth, wax, welded steel, 20x20x13

Mercury by Karen Margolis, watercolor, gouache, graphie, thread on Abaca paper, 11x14

Expansion by Haley Farthing, pastel on wood, 48x24

Relic by Jay Heryet, box elder, 200mm diameter

Jo Howe

Erik Gonzales | Virginia Petty | Joe Segal | Brenda Mallory | Karen Margolis | Haley Farthing | Jay Heryet 

Visit the artists’ websites, linked above, for more inspiration!

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All images are via the artists’ websites unless otherwise noted.
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