Janelle O’Malley is an interdisciplinary artist working primarily in sculpture, painting and fiber art. Her work continues to push the boundaries of what it means to be a painter by using the medium for sculpted and molded forms. Her work also plays with ideas of nostalgia and femininity.
Using images from my childhood in the 90s I explore concepts of shared memory and nostalgia in my current work. These pieces explore the height of consumer culture and how it defines adolescence. Through the color schemes inspired by Lisa Frank, I use mixed media to capture the plastic like visage of the decade.
In referencing popular products and icons of different time periods I can view the differing perceptions of a shared time period. Using recognizable images and historical context, I attempt to tackle the idea that one person’s nostalgia is another persons junk. Each of these references can be found in the dizzying layers of each built piece.