Within this body of work, Mallison further explores his ongoing interest in the role physical clothing plays in shaping our image and investigates what it means to individual identity when these items are rejected and left behind—effectively marking the death of the former self. The medium employed is ‘all the clothing removed from his present state of being’ manipulated by the artist in conjunction with the body.
There is a reference to the ephemeral and transformative—aspects critical both to traditional portraiture and still life painting. And whilst compositions have a classic quality, reminiscent of a formal sitting or setting, they are the product of a spontaneous, dynamic process wherein both the being and object are in a constant state of metamorphosis or flux.
The site-specific situation of an unmarked high street shop front in conjunction with the underground performance venue Vogue Fabrics Dalston further amplifies themes of identity construction, consumerism, alternate realities, projection and concealment. At night, the work takes on an additional luminous, mystical quality—seemingly lit by shadows.
Image: Shadow of My Former Self (2013), installation of triptych from series. Giclée photographic pigment prints on archival paper, framed, 103 x 219 x 5 cm