Erin Mallea is a multidisciplinary artist based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Working across media, her art practice is rooted in a generative research process in which she maps the complexities of literal and symbolic constructions of place and the past and present of the spaces she inhabits. Collapsing natural and national history, Erin utilizes everyday encounters as a starting point to examine larger taxonomies and systems of producing knowledge and memory within the American landscape. Erin enacts a methodology of site-specific fieldwork that is analytical, meandering and playful to amplify and scrutinize embedded cultural and institutional assumptions, quirks, failures, and ideologies. Contextual, processual, and often public in nature, Erin’s work implicates herself as an individual navigating local organizations, bureaucratic systems, archives, and institutions of memory.
Erin has exhibited and produced educational programming nationally. She has used a picnic table beside a lake in the Mt. Hood National Forest as a collaborative art-making space, is finally gaining traction with her partnership proposals to Carnegie Mellon University Grounds and Facilities, and recently gave a presentation to the Allegheny County chapter of the “Colonial Dames of America” advocating for the ethical memorialization and representation of an historic oak tree. Erin is currently a MFA Candidate ('19) at Carnegie Mellon University.
contact at erin.mallea(at)gmail.com