Mary O'Malley

Gallery Affiliations: Sam Lee Gallery

Region: Northeast

My work begins with a fascination with nature and natural processes in all its complexity and richness. 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 want them to have the spirit of a gaudy chandelier dripping with crystals and lights, a blinding, ridiculous beauty that attracts and repels.