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. 


Artist Statement:   I've always been drawn to the obscure, odd, or unusual in everyday life.  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.  As an artist, my role is really that of a spy, whose mission is to watch, take note and document the stories of the creatures that inhabit the world around me. I am drawn to the invisible because I have been invisible. I am drawn to the every man, because I am every man. I am an artist, because it is the only thing that gives strength and meaning to these experiences.

As an artist I have chosen to sit at the feet of society in the good, the bad, and the ugly of everyday life. But unlike the dog who sits at the feet of his "master" I am taking notes. My work is not created in a vacuum; it is a direct product of surviving contemporary America. It is as much about the successful as it is about the poor, the creative, and the survivor. It is about losing and winning against all odds. But mostly it is about hope. 

My latest series, American Toile, embraces the true fabric of America.  With all of our bad press, deserved and otherwise, I hope to celebrate the real Americans who make up the patterns of our world.  Intentionally rough, painted on burlap, these pieces are meant to step away from the slick, finished portraiture and instead recognize the idosyncrasies, battle scars, victories and losses worn on the sleeve of these everyday people. And, as the disclaimer states, "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."