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MALAISE: Mallory Tay at ArtStreet

January 19, 2015

Artist Mallory Tay presents a sculptural environment influenced by “comfort and pain within family dynamics.” Tay, an alumna of the University of Dayton, creates mixed media artworks often referencing female and African American identity.


Mallory Tay presenting MALAISE on January 15, 2015 at ArtStreet

From the press release: “MALAISE is an environment that captures a snapshot of the dichotomy of comfort and pain within family dynamics. Crocheting, in its act, mirrors the monotony of thinking, saying and doing found in our domestic households. Mallory (Dover) Tay (BFA ‘07) will address the false sense of stability and security through this sculptural installation.

Mallory (Dover) Tay received her B.F.A. from the University of Dayton in 2007 and M.F.A. from the University of Kentucky in 2010 with a strong focus on mixed media/fiber art. While attending the University of Kentucky, she began research on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), African American hair, recreating identity and domestic violence/family dynamics. Her works include a wide range of processes including various fiber techniques, ceramics, sculpture, painting and installation. Some of her influences include El Anatsui, Chakaia Booker, Willie Cole, and Swoon. Tay has shown in various venues in Ohio, Kentucky and Washington, DC. She is currently living and working Columbus, Ohio with her husband and daughter.

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Tay’s work for MALAISE captures the utopic and dystopic world we live in through figurative sculptures made of yarn, creating dimension and redefinition of what is positive and negative. Ultimately, these works address a false sense of emotional stability and security often blurred within domestic relationships.

“Crochet is the primary technique used to create a sense of comfort, memory, warmth, and love. Crocheting, in its act, represents the monotony that family dynamics create: thinking, saying, and doing particular acts repeatedly in an effort to gain different, mind-easing results.” Tay said about her work for MALAISE.

Tay became involved in this project through her connection to the Dayton area and to the University. In 2007, she participated in the student art exhibit “language/structure/vision,” co-sponsored by ArtStreet with The Cannery Art & Design Centre in downtown Dayton. She later exhibited an excerpt of her “Angry Hair” series of paintings in the ArtStreet Café, and has been an instructor for an ArtStreet Wednesday Workshop (now Intersections).”

On view through Feb. 19, 2015, ArtStreet is located at the intersection of Lawnview Avenue and Kiefaber Street on the University of Dayton campus. ArtStreet is open 8 a.m. to midnight Monday through Friday and noon to midnight Saturday and Sunday. For more information about ArtStreet events, call 937-229-5101 or visit

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