Mary Mallman

PRESERVES (an exhibition in three parts)

July 1 - August 31, 2017






(Please to return to view new and evolving works on July 25 and August 19)


Western Black Rhino (extinct)

2017, clay, iron oxide

5.5” x 6.5” x 6.5”




Threatened Staghorn Coral

clay, iron oxide

5” x 2.5” x 2.5”




Diminishing Habitat

2017, clay

5” x 4” x 4”




Colony Collapse

2017, clay, iron oxide

4.75” x 4” x 4”





2017, clay, iron oxide

7.5’ x 3.5” x 3.5”


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Mary Mallman


July 1- August 30, 2017


PRESERVES (an exhibition in three parts) is the first solo exhibition for Los Angeles based artist, Mary Mallman, at Another Year in LA.  This show is a cathartic look at the world through Mallman’s eyes. In these works, she seeks enjoyment and refuge through the process of creating, and has a place to reflect on the daily news, larger concepts and the impact of opposing political ideologies. With these thoughts, Mallman also realizes what it means to be middle aged. -Old enough to have experienced some of history, to form memories, and wise enough to understand the impact of certain changes, but still young enough to know she must hold onto hope and be part of the change as she weathers the constant changing world.


Mallman is sentimental and is a collector of things. She has a background in ceramics and gravitated to the idea of creating jars to collect her thoughts and memories when she read about the proposed 2018 budget and funding to the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting being cut to zero. With two young boys of her own, the thought of losing Sesame Street –a hold-over from her childhood- led her to making phone calls and letters, but most of all to the realization that she had to hold onto hope and preserve it to pass on to the next generation.


Mallman has literally embraced the concept of preserving by creating ceramic jars as a vehicle to explore her thoughts of the changing world. Preserves seeks to capture and embrace a thought. While the outside of each canister shows representation of the thought, idea or memory, the inside is left empty, to hold hope.


When preserves are made, they are usually for consumption at a later date and thus at some point they will no longer exist. When preserves are not used, or if not prepared properly, they go bad and cannot be consumed and enjoyed. To reference this inevitable fact, the exhibit will change over the course of the exhibition. Every three weeks (July 25 and August 19), new work will be introduced, and the previous work will show signs of adaptation. The exterior of the containers will change to represent the erosion of memory and passage of time, the inside will remain untouched to hold hope.


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