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Nodes by Mallory Weston

Exhibition  /  14 Aug 2021  -  26 Sep 2021
Published: 16.08.2021
Mallory Weston. Necklace: Purple Prickly Pear #1, 2021. Anodized titanium, leather, polyester, cotton.. 76.2 × 10.2 × 5.1 cm. From series: Nodes. Mallory Weston
Necklace: Purple Prickly Pear #1, 2021
Anodized titanium, leather, polyester, cotton.
76.2 × 10.2 × 5.1 cm
From series: Nodes
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In this solo show, Mallory Weston shows her recent series. Nodes is a glorification of mutations, mistakes, and anomalies in both nature and technology. Weston’s imagery involves the familiar landscapes of a digital world superimposed on the foliage of rare tropical plant specimens, using digital design tools to create unique hollow forms and anodized titanium. 
 

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Mallory Weston
The scene was ludicrous, a beautiful and exotic plant up for auction with a frenzied audience driving prices to astronomical heights. When the gavel strikes, some lucky fool is on the hook for a winning bid that’s equivalent to half a year’s rent. You may be conjuring images of Holland, circa 1636, a smoke-filled room crowded with elegantly dressed merchants, haggling over tulip bulbs. But that assumption would be wrong. This is a recent online auction, and the participants are sheltered behind the anonymity of a username, locked in a bidding war over a juvenile Philodendron Caramel Marble plant.

Mallory Weston’s most recent series, Nodes, is a glorification of mutations, mistakes, and anomalies in both nature and technology. Weston’s imagery involves the familiar landscapes of a digital world superimposed on the foliage of rare tropical plant specimens. Coincidentally, these lush species also lead a double life as popular houseplants with a cult-like following and appeal. These striking plants make excellent content, with their splotches of pastel pink or polka-dotted patterning or otherworldly solid white leaves. But there’s also the darker and more recent phenomenon:  the desire to latch onto any other life form available to tend and care for during isolation. Feeling the thrill of watching a new leaf slowly unfurl or fresh buds appear after a long period of dormancy; something, anything, to look forward to.

Weston’s work has long explored the inherent symbolism of plant and animal imagery. Just like jewelry, plants and flowers are used to seduce, gifted to express love or affection. Flora and fauna are popular subject matter in jewelry through the ages as if there’s a primordial human instinct to personify these organisms, surrogates of the human experience. Plant imagery seems an unlikely counterpart to pit against the design hallmarks of our digital landscape. But with more consideration, the relationship between the disparate themes of natural imagery and human-made technology starts to come into focus.  Consider plant propagation: you can grow an entirely new plant from a single leaf cutting, leading to exponential generations of offspring. This growth mimics the spread of information and virality seen in the online ecosystem.

This series is dominated by representations of the Variegated Monstera, a plant with striking asymmetrical patterns of green and white randomized across its broad fenestrated leaves. The beautiful imperfection of these plants has made them highly sought after, the jewel of any houseplant collection. The pure white leaves of the Variegated Monstera cannot photosynthesize and thus perish quickly. What makes these plants so desirable is also their weakness, the more unique a marking, the more ephemeral. Weston has juxtaposed these leaves with the markers of our transient technology: cracked screens and digital mesh. Just as plants die and decay, our technology becomes outdated and obsolete.

Constructed of anodized titanium, Weston’s work echoes the sleek devices that we depend on every day. Titanium anodizing allows her to capture vivid botanical color palettes while simultaneously providing a material link to cutting-edge computing technology. And through this exploration of material, she has begun to incorporate computer-aided design in combination with her previous analog processes. The result is a hybrid process, using digital design tools to create unique hollow forms difficult to achieve otherwise.
Mallory Weston. Necklace: Pixel Leaf  #1, 2021. Anodized titanium, leather, cotton.. 71.1 × 12.7 × 0.6 cm. From series: Nodes. Mallory Weston
Necklace: Pixel Leaf #1, 2021
Anodized titanium, leather, cotton.
71.1 × 12.7 × 0.6 cm
From series: Nodes
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Mallory Weston. Brooch: Warped Philodendron #1, 2021. Anodized titanium, powder-coated brass, leather, cotton.. 5.2 × 15.2 × 0.6 cm. From series: Nodes. Mallory Weston
Brooch: Warped Philodendron #1, 2021
Anodized titanium, powder-coated brass, leather, cotton.
5.2 × 15.2 × 0.6 cm
From series: Nodes
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Mallory Weston. Necklace: Anthurium Wormhole #1, 2021. Anodized titanium, leather, polyester, cotton.. 71.1 × 17.8 × 7.6 cm. From series: Nodes. Mallory Weston
Necklace: Anthurium Wormhole #1, 2021
Anodized titanium, leather, polyester, cotton.
71.1 × 17.8 × 7.6 cm
From series: Nodes
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Mallory Weston. Necklace: Optical Alocasia  #1, 2021. Anodized titanium, leather, cotton.. 71.1 × 12.7 × 0.6 cm. From series: Nodes. Mallory Weston
Necklace: Optical Alocasia #1, 2021
Anodized titanium, leather, cotton.
71.1 × 12.7 × 0.6 cm
From series: Nodes
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Mallory Weston. Necklace: Optical Alocasia #2, 2021. Anodized titanium, leather, cotton.. 71.1 × 12.7 × 0.6 cm. From series: Nodes. Mallory Weston
Necklace: Optical Alocasia #2, 2021
Anodized titanium, leather, cotton.
71.1 × 12.7 × 0.6 cm
From series: Nodes
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Mallory Weston. Brooch: Cracked Monstera #2, 2020. Anodized titanium, powder-coated brass, leather, cotton.. 15.2 × 15.2 × 1.3 cm. From series: Nodes. Mallory Weston
Brooch: Cracked Monstera #2, 2020
Anodized titanium, powder-coated brass, leather, cotton.
15.2 × 15.2 × 1.3 cm
From series: Nodes
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Mallory Weston. Brooch: Cracked Monstera  #2, 2020. Anodized titanium, powder-coated brass, leather, cotton. 12.7 × 12.7 × 2.5 cm. From series: Nodes. Mallory Weston
Brooch: Cracked Monstera #2, 2020
Anodized titanium, powder-coated brass, leather, cotton
12.7 × 12.7 × 2.5 cm
From series: Nodes
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