Tide of Transition by Cathryn Mallory
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Watch with fascination as an installation artist, Cathryn Mallory creates an original site-specific art piece for the Atrium gallery. Inspired by the great kelp forests of the Pacific Northwest, Mallory is attracted to its tactile and linear qualities.
She emphasizes that her materials are selected for their aesthetic quality and symbolic meaning. Her techniques include felting, wrapping, weaving, and stitching.
Obsessive process and materiality have always been the main emphasis in her work. Materials are selected for their aesthetic quality and formal properties, as well as their communicative power and symbolic meaning.
Kelp is an indicator of a healthy marine ecosystem and she is optimistic about its potential as renewable energy and sustainable farming. Additionally, as she creates, Mallory surrenders to the meditative power of the process and reflects on her own journey of transition to positive change.
The great kelp forests of the Northwest are the visual and conceptual inspiration for this site-specific installation. Mallory is visually attracted to the rich tactile elements and linear qualities of kelp. Environmentally, kelp is an indicator of a healthy marine ecosystem, and she is optimistic about its potential for renewable energy and sustainable farming.
Cathryn Mallory is currently a Professor and Director of the Gallery of Visual Arts for the School of Visual and Media Arts at the University of Montana-Missoula. She is currently teaching sculpture and professional practices courses.