In her first exhibition at Angles Gallery, Constance Mallinson departs from the epic scaled panoramic landscape paintings she has shown for the last 20 years with six new large oils on paper collectively entitled Stilled Lives. Like the former collage-like works, the new work continues her investigation into how nature is constructed and framed for human consumption. Rather than relying on the previously appropriated photographic sources, however, Mallinson now paints from direct observation of "collaged" decaying natural materials collected on her daily walks through the canyons and suburbia. Human figures created from logs and stumps, as well as decorative compositions that mimic traditional floral designs are all carefully rendered to capture both the repellent and beautiful character of the decomposing forms. In a time of such intense focus on the state of the environment, Mallinson's paintings stand as poetic meditations on our relationship with the natural world.
Constance Mallinson has exhibited widely, most recently at the USC Fisher Gallery and the LA Weekly Biennial in Los Angeles. Her paintings are represented in numerous public, corporate, and private collections including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the San Jose Museum of Art, the Orange County Museum of Art. A recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a City of Los Angeles art award (C.O.L.A.), and a Djerassi Foundation residency award, she is currently on the faculty at Claremont Graduate School and is a regular contributor of reviews to Art in America magazine.