Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Danielle O’Malley utilizes printmaking, sculpture, narrative and installation to bring her audience into her own underground society. She regurgitates miscellaneous childhood memories to create and describe a society of fictional creatures, their morals, and their relationships to themselves and their world. Homeless houses roam wild and lost, female witches sacrifice pop culture, and her creatures sustain themselves through grotesque black magic, and black markets. This society explores ideas of utopias, dystopias, and the fine line between the two. These mutants attempt to find paradise between the cracks of their nightmarish realities, and vice versa. Themes of innocence and childhood attempt to sugarcoat their misery, while at the same time, emphasizing the terrors of their world. This imaginary world ultimately describes her internal and external conflicts, and her reflection on our generation and our environment.