Throughout Mary’s practice there is consistent appropriation of historic, decorative objects, and re-contextualisation of past imagery through contemporary socio-political narratives. Recently, she’s been drawn to seventeenth to nineteenth century European porcelain and applied art, relics from a time of mass global cultural exchange. With the current global conversation regarding immigration, Mary is finding interesting the juxtaposition between the past's celebration of the exotic and today's closed boarders and xenophobic hate speak. In creating contemporary decorative objects, she explores subversively and through allegory, narratives which discuss the banal essence of pretty things, and the weighty historical contexts from which they originate.
Mary O'Malley is an American born ceramic artist currently working and residing in Long Island, New York and London, England. Mary's Bottom Feeder series gained her acclaim in the States between 2011 and 2013 with a run of successful exhibitions with the American Craft Council and Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, as well as a solo show at the Clay Studio in Philadelphia. She later went on to graduate from the Royal College of Art Ceramics and Glass MA programme in 2016. Upon graduation, Mary became a founding member of Collective Matter with Eva Masterman and Katie Spragg, who were recently commissioned to do a 6 month Tate Exchange residency at the Tate Modern in March 2017. Mary has also been invited to the Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute as an inaugural resident in their international school, and has been twice awarded American Craft Council Awards of Excellence, one of which culminated in a residency at the Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts and Sciences in North Georgia. Her work has been exhibited internationally, including an upcoming group show at the Museum of Contemporary Design and Applied Arts in Lausanne, Switzerland. It can be found in private collections, and has been recently acquired by the JingDeZhen Ceramic Institute in JingDeZhen, JiangXi, China. Mary is currently represented by Cynthia Corbett Gallery, London, Jack Fischer Gallery, San Francisco, and Arch Enemy Arts, Philadelphia.