Caged

Danielle O'Malley

Caged

(2021) - 5.75x3x3' Earthenware

My work is rooted in an environmental consciousness that derives from my concern for  the Earth’s rapidly declining health, and I use it to highlight the misuse and abuse that we inflict  on the natural world. I make hand built, monumental sculptures using strong formal devices,  gestural installation placement, sensual form, and conscious material usage to create work that  is symbolically charged. My forms are influenced by domestic and industrial objects that I  experience in my daily life that are indicative of eco-friendly tools and warning symbols. I marry  my earthen objects with industrial surplus that is recontextualized through laborious textile  processes, and the contrasting media charges my work with tension. The union of materials  also serves as a metaphor for the complex relationship that humanity has with the natural  world.  

 

My work is organized in two distinct categories that either show the imbalance within  our local and global ecologies or serve as possible solutions for living resourcefully. My large scale sculptures and installations offer my viewers a space to reflect on our hazardous  environmental situation. I hope that my passion for making, my love for the earth, and my  delight in observing the world around me in combination with my work will encourage people