Sarah Maloney: Collapse


Visitors to Sarah Maloney: Collapse will likely have first impressions of loveliness and calm, and may enjoy the aesthetic qualities of the artist’s fabric patterns, textures, and the visual surprise of bronze tulips sprouting from an antique divan. Audiences may smile at the innocent, whimsical cavorting of the paired tulips featured in Maloney’s six embroideries. The pieces’ sheer beauty encourages us to let down our guard and consider the deeper implications of Maloney’s art and thought.

Halifax-based artist Sarah Maloney explores the notion of the traditional domestic sphere of women, and the Victorian pastime/skill of embroidery, as well as the female connection to flowers through this body of work. The centerpiece of the installation will be a real chaise lounge which Maloney terms a fainting couch. A cluster of bronze tulips are sprouting from the innards of this piece of furniture, their heads bowed modestly. As well, six wall pieces that are embroidered depictions of pairs of tulips will be on view.

Maloney holds a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD) and an MFA from the University of Windsor, in Ontario. She has been teaching studio classes at NSCAD since 2002.

The show is accompanied by a black-and-white catalogue with curatorial text written by Kelowna Art Gallery Curator, Liz Wylie.

An opening reception to celebrate this exhibition will be held on Friday, January 25, 2013, from 7 to 9 pm, at the Kelowna Art Gallery. Sarah Maloney will be in attendance to deliver an artist’s talk at 7 pm.

Additionally, a ‘Lightning Talks’ event featuring six artists including Sarah Maloney is organized for Saturday, January 26, 2013, from 1 to 3 pm, at the Kelowna Art Gallery. The topic for discussion is issues facing artists working outside of major urban centres of cultural production. This event is free to attend and open to the public.

Sarah Maloney: Collapse will be on view from January 26 to March 31, 2013 at the Kelowna Art Gallery.

The Kelowna Art Gallery is located at 1315 Water Street in downtown Kelowna. For more information about current exhibitions, public programming or special events, please visit the Kelowna Art Gallery online.

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