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brenda mallory: duplicating forms and repetitive tasks

By studying images of cell division, structures and striations, Brenda Mallory is able to translate what she learns into repetitive shapes, forms and techniques, working with this repetition until a new form emerges. Even more fascinating is Mallory’s choice of materials: cloth, beeswax, nuts and bolts.


Undulations, waxed cloth, nuts, bolts, welded steel, 48″ x 70″ x 6″

Scaffold, waxed cloth, welded steel 14″ x 18″ x 4″

Waveform (dark), waxed cloth, threaded rods, nuts, 31″ x 5″ x 4.5″

Porous Borders #2, waxed cloth, nuts, bolts, 25″ x 42″ x 4″

Mechanics of Hither and Yon #24, waxed cloth, nuts, bolts, welded steel

Mechanics. . .detail

Opening, waxed cloth, nuts, bolts, 6″ x 6″ x 4″

Colonization, waxed cloth, nuts, bolts, 43″ x 67″ x 2″

Undulations Red


“I work mainly with organic materials such as cloth and beeswax but I put them together with hardware or mechanical devices in ways that imply aberration or malformation to reflect my concerns with human interference in long-established natural systems.”

Brenda Mallory’s website


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