Studio Visit: Angela Malchionno

Angela Malchionno is a print-based artist who also works in fibers, painting, sculpture, and installation. She keeps a studio within the historic Lemp Brewery in St. Louis. The former brewery attracts a lot of artists and designers in St. Louis because of its affordability, proximity to the Cherokee Street Arts District, and sprawling warehouse spaces. Angela and I climbed several flights up an old cast-iron spiral staircase to her studio, where we were eagerly greeted at the door by JoJo, her pup, who joined us on the tour. The space is well over 1,200 square feet–plenty of space to spread out, is bordered by two banks of tall windows–providing ample natural light, and private–being that it’s tucked away in a high corner of the complex.

Angela writes about her recent work, “For me, printmaking is not simply about materials and process, but the use of the medium as a conceptual palimpsest that illuminates and amplifies our memories, thoughts, and actions. Each layer made visible or obscured is correlated to an idea or event, serving as a poetic index or catalog of culture and experience.”

 

Truly, the works stacked on tables, hung on walls or from the ceiling, and posed on the floor each have a poetic sensibility. Malchionno’s use of color–light and airy or serious and reflective–implies a pause before the work. Hung from the ceiling are hundreds of fluttering screen-printed chains of paper and booklet pages strung up like lights, both whimsical and solemn. Many of the pages have browned with age. The sculptural works are reminiscent of shelters, tiny houses, or forts; works on paper line the studio walls and echo the abstracted shapes, lines, and grid-like patterns. All of the work refers to experience, whether imagined or remembered.

Angela holds an MFA in Printmaking from Southern Illinois University and a BFA in Printmaking from the University of Massachusetts. She’s a Lecturer at Washington University in the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts, where she teaches printmaking and drawing and mentors graduating students. As the founder and curator of Proper Gallery, a pop-up gallery that examined experimental approaches to print media, she’s been instrumental in the St. Louis art community. Recently, Angela lectured at the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, was a visiting artist at Georgia College, and helped to curate Social Security at the Luminary Center for the Arts. The recently closed exhibition was a part of the ongoing series How to Build a World That Won’t Fall Apart, the Luminary’s year-long exhibition program focusing on how artists sustain themselves through economic downturn, an issue many of us are familiar with.

 

Transitioning from curator of Proper Gallery, Angela has turned her attention to Proper Residency, an artist residency she founded as a platform to support emerging artists interested in engaging with the St. Louis community. Based out of her backyard garage, Proper Residency was funded through a Creative Stimulus Grant and a Kickstarter campaign, both of which allowed Angela to convert her garage into a live-work space for artists. It’s this type of do-it-yourself spirit that seems to flourish in St. Louis over and over again, thanks to artists with innovative ideas, individual artists and community member backers, and organizations like The St. Louis Regional Arts Commission, which just announced expansive, new grants to individual artists beginning later this year.

JoJo showing off.

These are new prints Angela is working on. Visit her website to learn more about previous projects.

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4 Responses to “Studio Visit: Angela Malchionno”

  1. Britny Lewis says:

    This is great! Thank you!

  2. Amze Emmons says:

    Very cool work!
    And what a studio space..!

  3. Lynn Hamilton says:

    Very engaging. Encourages me to learn more about Angela. Thank you!