Sascha Mallon

Iridescence, ceramic glazed, cashmere , 2018


I am working on a  large scale ceramic installation about the circle of life.  This is a project I started last August. I am collecting multiple ceramic pieces and mount them onto the wall. So far I made over 300 individual pieces depicting mostly female figures, fauna and flora. They are the protagonists in my stories. I mount the individual pieces site specific onto the wall and add wall painting to it.  The installation keeps changing and evolving, as it adapts to different places. Every new piece that I make is a new chapter in this story. .
I don't have to search much for inspiration. It is all around me. I am interested in relationships and communication.  I am interested in what makes people happy and how they achieve their goal during their live. My interest expands in the process and the moment of dying.  In my work as a hospital artist in residence at the Oncology I experience this fine line between life and death every day I work.
I am using drawing and ceramic as my mediums and I write poems. The writing complements the visual poems.  The sizes of the individual ceramics vary between 3 x 2 to 11 by 11 inches or larger.  They are glazed and fired stoneware and porcelain. On some of the pieces I make holes before firing and then crochet with cashmere yarn around the edges afterwards. I paint the walls in the background site specific.
I invite the viewer to explore, reflect, dream and wonder, to "read" my pictures like they read one of their favorite poems over and over again, always finding details they hadn't noticed before or seeing some part of the tale that's presented from a new perspective.

Edge to the Other Side, Ceramic, Wallpainting, cashmere Yarn,  2019,  45" x 85"
A Fragile Thread, Walpainting, Ceramics, lace, 2019, 10' x 5' size can vary
Listen to the Quiet, ceramic, glazed, 2019
Safeguarding the Essence, 8 x 8 feet, wallpainting and ceramics, stoneclay, 2017
Temporary Constellations, Wallpainting, Ceramics glazed, lace, 2019
Shadow of a dance, Walpainting, Ceramic, glazed

About Forever, 2012 - ongoing

Since a couple of years I have been working on my piece that is called "About forever" I make boats out of clay. Inside there are people, animals and plants. They are on the journey from the world of the living to their afterlives. In an never ending circle.   When I started this project in 2012,  it was imagined beings, that I carved out of clay. Now it is more and more real beings that I portrait. It is family members, people I know through my work as a hospital artist in residence at the oncology and BMT, friends of friends. Sometimes I give the figurines in the boats attributes that give hints about their life, or about the way they died. This is an ongoing project. So far I have made over 300 boats. I probably will never stop making them.  When I make the boats I love to be in the nature, sitting outside under a tree or at the beach. In nature I feel in harmony with myself. Water and trees can be seen symbols for life cycles. The boats fit in one hands. I like this size to work with. It is a size that reminds of a toy as if life was a game given the temporary illusion of control.
The theme of death is evoking ambivalent feelings of temptation and fear in the same time. Are we all surrounded by the topic, still do we depersonalize it. As if we never died. Time as a continuum, a circle movement.

Tracing Water, ceramic glazed, Cashmere Yarn, wallpainting 6' x 4' 2018

Tracing Water

Springmelodie, 2018 ceramic, yarn and wallpainting

box of Time, 2019, found box, ceramic

Like The Wind, ceramic glazed, cashmere 2018

Hide and Seak, Walpainting, ceramics, yarn, 2018
Sweet and Salty, Wal[painting, ceramics, 2018
Consequences of a broken sky, 25 3/4 x 40 inches, ink and watercolorpencil on paper, 2017




Consequences of a broken Sky
Just listen to your heart, 30 x 40, ink and watercolorpencil on paper, cashmere 2018
Just listen to your heart

The Journey, Wallpainting, Installation, 2015

    Playing Princess, ink and colored pencil on paper, 22 x 30, 2015

    Flower of the night, ink and colored pencil on paper, 25 3/4 x 40, 2015

    ...und wenn sie nicht gestorben sind, dann leben sie noch heute, ink and colored pencil on paper, 25 3/4 x 40, 2015

    In my Closet, ink and colored pencil on paper, 25 3/4 x 40, 2015

    ower of forgetting, ink and colored pencil on paper, 25 3/4 x 40, 2015
    Flower of Forgetting
    The opposite of gravity, ink and colored pencil on paper, 22 x 30, 2015
    Walpainting, untitled, Governors Island Art Fair, 2012