Artist Deana Bada Maloney creates animal sculptures that honor nature while sending a message about mankind’s impact on the environment. See more of her fascinating work by visiting her website.
In everything I create, I draw inspiration from nature.
I am awestruck at the beauty, magic and mystery of the natural world. I try to capture the essence of that in my work.
What I try to strive for in each of my pieces is a sort of trifecta for the viewer. This includes a celebration of the living form, a translation of the structure of how something is built, and a capture of the transcendental presence of the subject.
It is important that my pieces tell a story for the viewer. The viewer is charged with figuring the meaning of that story out.
I draw from myths, religions or the state of the world around us, using symbolism to reveal the story, meaning or feeling I want the viewer to engage in. I accomplish this with a mixture of posture, expression and found materials I might use in any given piece.
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When I use found materials, they are from the subject’s natural surroundings or are key components of what I am portraying.
One continuous theme in my work is the visual documentation of how we are affecting our natural landscape with our consumption waste.
I portray how the native animals in the Midwest are adapting to a landscape of landfill. I use the animal to provide a nice start to the story. Then I insert found objects that are a bit jarring, and that the animal has adapted to living in, with or around. I hope these pieces give the viewer a bit of a laugh, then makes them sad and disgusted.
I received a BFA in Drawing and Painting from the Art Institute of Chicago, where I focused on life drawing, painting, anatomy and scientific illustration. Only recently have I found clay to be a medium for me to express the beauty of the world around us and stories woven within all things.
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