Miriam Mallelieu

My art practice explores the idea of ‘making sense’. I am interested in what knowledge is and how things are understood, looking specifically at methods of organisation, archiving and 

curation, and significantly, the structures of power that are created and upheld. My work explores the conflict within organisation: to order things in one way is to disorder them in another. 

My practice is usually sculptural monuments to the ordering of material: things are arranged, they are placed into sequence and they are observed. Often the material is fragmentary: paper, spiderwebs, dust – things that are overlooked. They are placed into frames or boxes, elevated into inscrutable objects of importance. 

I have recently completed a practice-based PhD at Duncan of Jordanstone titled, ‘What does a Museum think it is? Research and practice at the intersection of knowledge, interpretation and organisation’. 

Part of the festival exhibition