Today we’d like to introduce you to Mary Mallaney .
Mary, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I was born in north/central New Jersey and lived there up until I made the move to California for college. So underneath it all, I am an east coast girl, willingly adapting to the sunshine and thriving on the west coast.
Art has always been an underlying force in my life. I began loving the arts at age 3 when I went to my first dance class. I can still remember how excited and drawn I was to the studio! As I got older, I also started working in visual art and became incredibly inspired by sculpture and painting. By the time I was in middle school, I had taken up photography as well, first as a requirement at my school, then as a medium that I really enjoyed. As the years went on, I slowly began to refine both my dancing and my photography, though, by the time I was applying for college, dance was the most prominent thing on my mind. I applied to USC Kaufman, a non-existent school at that point, and was accepted to be one of the Inaugural 33!
Once I arrived at USC, however, I realized that there was something missing… I felt as if I wasn’t exercising my creativity to its full extent just dancing in the studio for hours on end. By my second year Kaufman, I was finding opportunities to whip out my 35mm Canon AE-1 in my free time, and then began working with the Communications department of Kaufman as one of their photographers & videographers. Before that job, I had only shyly dabbled in dance photography, but once I was handed that camera, I believe that the entire trajectory of my life changed. It was a dream come true to be able to marry my two passions so effortlessly, as well as exercise my creativity in a different way.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do? Why? What do you hope others will take away from your work?
I would call myself a multi-dimensional artist. My main form of expression and the basis from which most of my other creativity flows from is my understanding and investigation of my physical body. I have an insatiable curiosity when it comes to learning about my body’s potential, and therefore am always exploring ideas of somatic techniques in some form or another.
In my work, I attempt to not only cultivate the inherent light that exists within myself and the artists I work with but articulate my understanding of its value. Through this effort, the humanity of the subjects I am engaging with is brought to the surface and offered to the spectator to discover and examine. The sense of understanding and compassion for my subjects that is fostered in the recipient creates space for my art to reside and take shape.
For me, the subject of our humanity includes all of the subtle layers that make us up; our energy, our emotions, or more esoterically, our Five Bodies.
I am also a certified yoga instructor, specializing in Restorative & Yin practices, as well as a Level 1 Reiki Master. All of my knowledge and exploration into those complex worlds has shaped everything I do, especially my art. I would say that my art grows alongside me.
How can artists connect with other artists?
I would say to find like-minded individuals anywhere you can! Social media, especially Instagram, has an unbelievable power to connect us all if we use it. Another way to ease the loneliness is to put out your work on some kind of platform so that you are continuing to share your energy and ideas with others online.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
I created and curated a gallery-type event as a final project at USC, which happened on March 31st in the Kaufman building on USC’s campus.
Furthermore, I will be speaking about my experience creating the gallery on April 12th at 2:30 PM in the Kaufman Building in a public speaking engagement.
People can support my work by getting in touch with me online or through email. My photography Instagram account is @marymallaney!
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/marymallaney/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mallanes12
- Other: https://www.instagram.com/mane.shakes/