About:  Virginia Mallon is a New York artist, working in painting and photography.  She is a graduate of Queens College of the City University of New York, and apprenticed with Indian Space artist Robert Barrell.  Ms. Mallon later taught the children's art class at his Forest Park School of Art in Woodhaven, Queens.

Currently working out of a studio in a small wetland community called Crab Meadow, her work in photography covers the gamut between picturesque rural landscapes to urban blight,  as well as addresses issues facing modern America.  Her work in painting, incorporating influences of the Arte Povera moment of the 1960s, where she contemplates historic and mythological women, their modern counterparts and American culture.

Ms. Mallon’s goal is to reflect and comment on the current state of the world, along with nautical spaces, personal histories, and the psychological undercurrents of contemporary society. 




Statement:   I am an artist whose path has been enriched, provoked and disturbed
by the characters, times, and places of my life’s journey. An ever-evolving illustration
of life, my art ranges from childhood trauma, to the love and beauty of the characters
and landscapes that surround me.  Born and raised on the borderline of two of
New York City’s largest boroughs in the turbulent 1960s, experiencing a
free range childhood, and then having the remarkable opportunity to mentor with
Indian Space artist Robert Barrell at his Forest Park School of Art in Woodhaven,
was my introduction to life and art.

Early in my career, I found myself drawn to the obscure, odd, or unusual in everyday life.  Watching for the little secrets that are there for the discovery if you take the time to look, to really look, at what is happening around you.  I realized that one of my roles, as an artist, is that of a spy whose mission is to watch, take note, and document the stories of the creatures and humans that inhabit the world around me.  I have always known that my work would not be created in a vacuum; it is a direct product of surviving contemporary America. Early childhood experiences have left me with a desire to “find my tribe” and it is through this voyage that my artwork is created.  This journey has taken me across the planet to the far reaches of the Australian outback, Europe, Ireland, and then right back to square one to Northeastern, Central Pennsylvanian Appalachia, where my family’s roots are found.

Repeatedly, I find myself drawn to the invisible in society because I too have been invisible. I am drawn to the every woman, because I am every woman.  It is about the dangers that lurk around every corner, because I have witnessed them firsthand.  It is about losing and winning against all odds.  Mostly, it is about hope.  Hope for recognition and success.  Hope for better days ahead.

My recent paintings are created using oil on burlap, in what I think of as a nuovo arte povera style. 

Four concurent series are: American Toile - Intentionally rough, highlights ordinary people who contribute to the patterns of our day, with idiosyncrasies, battle scars, victories and losses.  Wilderness of Salt - which parallels the historic and contemporary plight of women (the eternal #metoo) and the sad fact that, as far as we have come, there is still a long way to go for equality - in both the arts and the world in general.  And Lullaby -  for our crazy MAGA mad, pussy-grabbing world, when a bit of solace is called for, with a series of  modern day lullabies, hoping to ease anxiety and everyday angst.  Finally,  there is #brokenwomenmendstronger, a series of portraits on slate depicting women who , in  spite of violent life experiences,  have emerged victorious. 

All come with the reminder: Irregularities and variations in the colors and texture of this fabric are characteristic of the fabric adding to its natural beauty, and is in no way to be considered as defective.