"The Beast Within" Sascha Mallon February 7 - 13, 2021
Artist Statement: "The Beast Within" at Smallbany Gallery examines our perception of reality and the ways our minds create imaginary monsters. Most people have experienced some form of internal monster that triggers thoughts of fear and doubt. The work in this exhibition gives shape to these feelings. The miniature gallery contains a group of ceramic sculptures depicting a large, hollowed-out human head with a rabbit and insects coming out of it, and a child reaching out to feed a crocodile. The show's title "The Beast Within" is a reminder that we all have inner doubts and negative thoughts, regardless of our background, income, or social status. This inner struggle is not unique to one person but is experienced by people all around the world. The goal is to acknowledge that these monsters exist, but not to feed them. If we can do that, perhaps we can accept differences and better relate to others, while connecting on a basic level as human beings.
Bio: Sascha Mallon has exhibited her work in Austria, the USA, Taiwan, and Germany. In 2021 she has 4 solo shows: At the Woodstock Artist Association and Museum, at Frontroom Gallery, at Bau Gallery in Beacon and Smallbany Gallery in Albany. Her work was included in The Edge Effect at the Katonah Museum of Art. In 2019 her work was the subject of a solo exhibition at Walnut Hill Fine Art, Hudson, NY where she created a large installation made of ceramics, yarn, and wall painting. Her work was included in recent group exhibitions at Gormley Gallery/Notre Dame of Maryland University, Baltimore, MD; LAB Space, Hillsdale, NY; and the ELY Center for Contemporary Art, New Haven, CT; Gallery Anna25, Berlin, Germany; Attleboro Museum,NY, Penn State University, State College, PA; Garrison Arts Center, Garrison, NY; Kunstleben Berlin, Berlin, Germany; Front Room Gallery and A.I.R. Gallery, NY, NY; Barrett Arts Center, Poughkeepsie, NY. In 2017 Sascha was invited to participate in a residency and two-person exhibition at Soulangh Artist Village Tainan, Taiwan sponsored by Cope NYC and the Tainan Department of Cultural Affairs and the Taiwanese American Arts Council. In 2018 she won first prize at the Garrison Arts Center for her work in the 2018 exhibition 2 ½ D. Sascha studied art therapy at ISSA/ School for Art Therapy in Austria. Since 2012 she has been working as a Hospital Artist in Residence for The Creative Center NYC at Mount Sinai Oncology and Hematology and at the Bone Marrow Transplant in New York City. She will start a new position as adjunct professor for painting and ceramic at Mount Saint Mary College in 2021. She grew up in Austria, traveled throughout Europe and the US, and now resides in Beacon, NY with her daughter, her husband, and her dog.