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Practicing artist, Associate Professor and BFA/MFA mentor at both Pacific Northwest College of Art and Oregon College of Art and Craft
Practicing artist, Associate Professor and BFA/MFA mentor at both Pacific Northwest College of Art and Oregon College of Art and Craft. Malaska is deeply engaged in the history of Western art, and her practice is specifically concerned with the use of feminine bodies in painting. Her work has been included in solo and group exhibitions in Chicago; San Francisco, Eureka, and Oakland, Calif.; Richland, Wash.; Bar Harbor, Me.; and Portland and Salem, Ore. Malaska has received fellowships and grants from the Oregon Arts Commission and Regional Arts & Culture Council. She has been a nominee for The Joan Mitchell Foundation’s Painters and Sculptors Fellowship, Emerging Artists Fellowship and MFA Award; and for the Portland Art Museum’s Contemporary Northwest Art Awards in 2011. Her work has been critiqued by ArtForum, Art in America, The Oregonian, Oregon Arts Watch, Willamette Week, Portland Monthly, Gata Flora Magazine, and New American Paintings. She is represented by Russo Lee Gallery. Malaska earned a Bachelor of Fine Art with an emphasis in Painting and Drawing from California College of the Arts and a Master in Visual Studies from PNCA.
“I am deeply invested in reshaping Western culture’s relationship to women and the feminine, especially as they appear in paintings. Re-visioning histories, I use elements from art’s past and present -- assembled in new ways. These elisions create slippages, allowing me to mine the power given to traditionally sanctioned signs that result in redistributing their forces along more equitable lines.”