Sascha Mallon

Iridescence, ceramic glazed, cashmere , 2018

A Fragile Thread.

Last year I started working on an large scale ceramic installation that currently is on view at Walnut Hill Fine Art in Hudson. I like to think of this recent piece as one large installation, that keeps changing and evolving. Parts of it go in different places when they sell, but then the piece refills and changes. Still they belong together, like we all in this world.

Every new piece feels like a chapter in this large installation.

Everything is connected.  "Fragile Thread"  is an installation about impermanence and the circle of life.  It is a piece about happiness and our inability to grasp reality. My piece is about Security that does not exist. It is about a dreamlike life. I like to inspect, what scares me. I like to tell stories that everyone experiences. I like to know what moves people and what motivates them. My work is not comforting. It seems to be beautiful at first glance, but when you go closer you see what's under the surface. My work is accompanied by text, that does not look to explain what's visually expressed, but rather explores a different layer of reality.

I am interested in stories that life writes.   Source of my inspiration are observations in my environment and daydreams, which I transform. The narratives I create are filled with strong memories and feelings. I am using drawing, ceramic and poetry as my mediums. In my ceramic practice I mount multiple individual ceramic pieces onto the wall and sometimes also add wall painting and accompany my work with text, that wants to be shared in intimate settings.

Edge to the Other Side, Ceramic, Wallpainting, cashmere Yarn,  2019,  45" x 85"
A Fragile Thread, Walpainting, Ceramics, lace, 2019, 10' x 5' size can vary
Listen to the Quiet, ceramic, glazed, 2019
Safeguarding the Essence, 8 x 8 feet, wallpainting and ceramics, stoneclay, 2017
Temporary Constellations, Wallpainting, Ceramics glazed, lace, 2019
Shadow of a dance, Walpainting, Ceramic, glazed

About Forever, 2012 - ongoing

Since a couple of years I have been working on my piece that is called "About forever" I make boats out of clay. Inside there are people, animals and plants. They are on the journey from the world of the living to their afterlives. In an never ending circle.   When I started this project in 2012,  it was imagined beings, that I carved out of clay. Now it is more and more real beings that I portrait. It is family members, people I know through my work as a hospital artist in residence at the oncology and BMT, friends of friends. Sometimes I give the figurines in the boats attributes that give hints about their life, or about the way they died. This is an ongoing project. So far I have made over 300 boats. I probably will never stop making them.  When I make the boats I love to be in the nature, sitting outside under a tree or at the beach. In nature I feel in harmony with myself. Water and trees can be seen symbols for life cycles. The boats fit in one hands. I like this size to work with. It is a size that reminds of a toy as if life was a game given the temporary illusion of control.
The theme of death is evoking ambivalent feelings of temptation and fear in the same time. Are we all surrounded by the topic, still do we depersonalize it. As if we never died. Time as a continuum, a circle movement.

Tracing Water, ceramic glazed, Cashmere Yarn, wallpainting 6' x 4' 2018

Tracing Water

Springmelodie, 2018 ceramic, yarn and wallpainting

box of Time, 2019, found box, ceramic

Like The Wind, ceramic glazed, cashmere 2018

Hide and Seak, Walpainting, ceramics, yarn, 2018
Sweet and Salty, Wal[painting, ceramics, 2018
Consequences of a broken sky, 25 3/4 x 40 inches, ink and watercolorpencil on paper, 2017

Consequences of a broken Sky
Just listen to your heart, 30 x 40, ink and watercolorpencil on paper, cashmere 2018
Just listen to your heart

The Journey, Wallpainting, Installation, 2015

    Playing Princess, ink and colored pencil on paper, 22 x 30, 2015

    Flower of the night, ink and colored pencil on paper, 25 3/4 x 40, 2015

    ...und wenn sie nicht gestorben sind, dann leben sie noch heute, ink and colored pencil on paper, 25 3/4 x 40, 2015

    In my Closet, ink and colored pencil on paper, 25 3/4 x 40, 2015

    ower of forgetting, ink and colored pencil on paper, 25 3/4 x 40, 2015
    Flower of Forgetting
    The opposite of gravity, ink and colored pencil on paper, 22 x 30, 2015
    Walpainting, untitled, Governors Island Art Fair, 2012