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Miriam Mallalieu

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My art practice explores the idea of ‘making sense’. I am interested in what knowledge is and how things are understood, looking specifically at methods of catalogue, organisation, archiving and curation, and significantly, the structures of power that this knowledge creates and upholds. My work explores the conflict within organisation: to order things in one way is to disorder them in another. I am interested in the subversion of ideas of truth, and exploration of alternative understandings in art of time, linearity and logic.

My practice is usually sculptural monuments to the ordering of material: things are arranged, they are placed into sequence and they are observed. Often the material is fragments or remains: paper, spiderwebs, dead insects, dust, bits of rag - things that are overlooked. They are placed into frames or boxes, elevated into inscrutable objects of importance.
2018-21 PhD Research (practice-based) on 'Taxonomies of Knowledge: a practice-led investigation into the organising, structuring and archiving of information', University of Dundee.
2017 Master of Fine Art in Art and Humanities with Distinction, University of Dundee
2012 BA (Hons), Art, Philosophy and Contemporary Practices, University of Dundee, Dundee, Scotland. First Class Honours

Selected Awards:
2018 Queen’s College Scholarship for PhD research
2017 RSA John Kinross Award
2016 Invited Artist at Hidden Door Festival, Edinburgh
2013 RSA Art Prize and Watters Maclane Medal, awarded for work shown at RSA:NC

Selected Exhibitions
2019 Hidden Door Weekender, Arts and Music Festival, Edinburgh, 30th May – 2nd June
2019 A description of the visible, Generator Projects, Dundee, 29th March – 18th April
2019 Observe/Engage/Organise (solo show series), Nomas* Projects, Dundee, January – May
2019 Resolute (group show), Tatha Gallery, Newport-on-Tay, 19th January – 16th February
2018 Ways We Work (group show), West Ward Works, Dundee
2018 John Kinross Scholarship Exhibition (group show), The Italian Cultural Institute, Edinburgh, March - May
2017 Masters Show, University of Dundee, 19th August
2017 Hidden Door, Arts and Music Festival, Edinburgh, 26th May - 4th June
2016 Hidden Door, Arts and Music Festival, Edinburgh, 27th May - 4th June
2015 Place (group show), The Tobacco Factory, Bristol, 14th October- 30th December
2015 Born of the Sea (group show), Drury Gallery, Marlboro College, Vermont USA, September
2015 Hidden Door, Arts and Music Festival, Edinburgh, 22nd-30th May
2014 Paradigm, Collaboration with Liam J. McLaughlin, The Mash House, Edinburgh, 18th October
2014 Summer School Exhibition (group show), Cyprus College of Art, Cyprus, 19th- 26th September
2014 Hidden Door, Arts and Music festival, Edinburgh, 28th March - 5th April
2013 New Contemporaries (group show), Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, 13th April – 8th May
An Encyclopaedia of Existing Knowledge (structured)
  • Miriam Mallalieu
  • An Encyclopaedia of Existing Knowledge (structured)
  • Installation
Like Black Throated Diver, Below
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  • Like Black Throated Diver, Below
  • Artists Books
Those, that from far away, look like flies
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  • Those, that from far away, look like flies
  • Collage
The Archive
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  • The Archive
  • Ceramics
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  • Coppe
  • Collage
The Menagerie
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  • The Menagerie
  • Ceramics