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.
Miriam Mallalieu is an artist based in Dundee. She has just started a practice-based PhD at Dundee University after receiving the Queens College Scholarship. Miriam Mallalieu completed an MFA in Art and Humanities from DJCAD in 2017, and a BA(hons) in Art, Philosophy and Contemporary Practices in 2012. Mallalieu has exhibited regularly in Scotland, particularly at Hidden Door festival in Edinburgh between 2013-2017, and internationally in Europe and the US. Mallalieu has received many prizes for her work, including the John Kinross Scholarship in 2017 and the RSA Prize and Watters-Maclane Medal from the Royal Scottish Academy in 2013.