Deana Bada Maloney

Deana Bada Maloney

I have been an observer of nature all my life. I am continually awestruck at the beauty of the natural world and the magic and mystery in every living thing. My work is a study of living forms, celebrating the structure of how something is made along with the transcendental presence of the subject. There is a story in each of my pieces inspired from myths, religions or the state of the world around us. I use found materials in my work, whether it is an object from the subject’s natural surroundings or it is a key component of the story I am portraying. I have a BFA in Drawing and Painting from the Art Institute of Chicago, with a strong focus in anatomy and scientific illustration. I have found sculpture to be a new vehicle for me in which I am able to express the beauty and stories woven in nature and the world around us.

Curator Review: Odysseus
Full of character and spirit, Maloney’s sculpted ‘Odysseus’ absolutely enchants. A primitive sense of the raw, natural world can also be felt in the adeptly sculpted fur, found object shell, swirled oxide and furrowed brow of the subject. The bold and direct vision of artist Deana Bada Maloney, handsomely emphasizes the essential nature of the fearless otter.
- E.E. Jacks

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