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Mary O'Malley: A Seat At The Table

November 2nd - 24th, 2018

solo show

Arch Enemy is excited to present: A Seat at the Table, the largest AEA exclusive collection to-date from Long Island-based ceramicist Mary O’Malley.

The full room installation includes a full dinner service, "Service à la Française” (served in the French style with all courses on the table at once) and based on the particularly over-the-top Louis XV-era dining selection of individual works, each following in the direction of her Bottom Feeder series, porcelain teapots, cups, plates, vases, and other items, each delicately adorned with barnacles, tentacles, and porcelain crustaceans, seemingly lifted with enormous care from wreckage at the floor of the sea.

Mary O'Malley is an American born ceramic artist currently working and residing in Long Island, New York and London, England. A 2016 graduate from the Royal College of Art Ceramics and Glass MA program, A Seat at the Table showcases Mary’s current draw to seventeenth to nineteenth century European porcelain and applied art, relics from a time of mass global cultural exchange. With the current global conversation regarding immigration, Mary explores the juxtaposition between the past's celebration of the exotic and today's closed borders and xenophobic hate speak. In creating contemporary decorative objects, she explores subversively and through allegory, narratives which discuss the banal essence of pretty things, and the heavy historical contexts from which they originate.

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Mary O'Malley
Mary O'Malley

"Crab Platter" (2018) porcelain, glaze, gold 16.5" x 2.5" x 11" UNAVAILABLE

Mary O'Malley
Mary O'Malley

"Campana Vase" (2018) porcelain, glaze, gold 11" x 12" x 11" UNAVAILABLE

Mary O'Malley
Mary O'Malley

"Small Covered Dish" (2018) porcelain, glaze, gold 10.5" x 20" x 10.5" UNAVAILABLE

Mary O'Malley
Mary O'Malley

"Candlesticks" (2018) porcelain, glaze, gold 6"w x 14"h x 6"d UNAVAILABLE

Mary O'Malley
Mary O'Malley

"Snuff Service" (2018) porcelain, glaze, gold 15.5" x 4" x7.5" UNAVAILABLE

Mary O'Malley
Mary O'Malley

"Bread and Butter Plate" (2018) x 6 porcelain, glaze, gold 6" x 5" x 6" UNAVAILABLE

Mary O'Malley
Mary O'Malley

"Finger Cleaning Bowl" (2018) 5.5" x 5" x 5.5" UNAVAILABLE

Mary O'Malley
Mary O'Malley

"Ash Tray" (2018) porcelain, glaze, gold 6.5" x 6" x 6.5" UNAVAILABLE

Mary O'Malley
Mary O'Malley

"Wine Bucket" (2018) porcelain, glaze, gold 8" x 8" x 5.5" UNAVAILABLE

Mary O'Malley
Mary O'Malley

"Soup Tureen" (2018) porcelain, glaze, gold 22" x 17" x 13" UNAVAILABLE

Mary O'Malley
Mary O'Malley

"Raised Platter" (2018) porcelain, glaze, gold 12" x 10" x 12" UNAVAILABLE

Mary O'Malley
Mary O'Malley

"Salt & Pepper" (2018) x 2 porcelain, glaze, gold 5.5" x 5" x 3" UNAVAILABLE

Mary O'Malley
Mary O'Malley

"Butter Dish" (2018) x 2 porcelain, glaze, gold 6.5" x 6.5" x 6.5" UNAVAILABLE

Mary O'Malley
Mary O'Malley

"Large Serving Bowl" (2018) porcelain, glaze, gold 10" x 11" x 10" UNAVAILABLE

Mary O'Malley
Mary O'Malley

"Covered Pot" (2018) porcelain, glaze, gold 12.5" x 12" x 9" UNAVAILABLE

Mary O'Malley
Mary O'Malley

"Large Covered Dish" (2018) porcelain, glaze, gold 14.5" x 27.5" x 14.5" UNAVAILABLE

Mary O'Malley
Mary O'Malley

"Place Setting" (2018) x 6 porcelain, glaze, gold 11" x 3" x 11" UNAVAILABLE

Mary O'Malley
Mary O'Malley

"Dinner Plate" (2018) x 6 porcelain, glaze, gold 11" x 1" x 11" UNAVAILABLE

Mary O'Malley
Mary O'Malley

"Appetizer Plate" (2018) x 6 porcelain, glaze, gold 9.5" x 1" x 9.5" UNAVAILABLE

Mary O'Malley
Mary O'Malley

"Soup Bowl" (2018) x 6 porcelain, glaze, gold 8" x 2.5" x 8" UNAVAILABLE

Mary O'Malley
Mary O'Malley

"Snuff Box" (2018) porcelain, glaze, gold 3.5" x 5.5" x 3.5" UNAVAILABLE