Erin Mallea

Second-Year MFA Candidate




Erin Mallea is a multidisciplinary artist currently based in Pittsburgh, PA. Working across media, her practice is rooted in a generative research process as she observes, documents, inquires, listens, records, and collects. Through this methodology, she utilizes personal history as a starting point to examine larger systems of constructing meaning, value, identity, and history. A child of the Mountain West and a “fly-over state”, Erin is committed to exploring the complexities of place, notions of landscape, and how perceptions and imagery of these concepts are generated and commodified.

Central to her practice is an interest in shifting the economy of art-making and viewing into forums for ideas and dialogue. In line with this philosophy, she collaborates with individuals, collectives, and organizations to produce arts, community, and educational programming. This component of Erin’s practice is driven by a dedication to process-based learning, community engagement, and a conviction in art’s ability to facilitate conversation, critical thought, and observation. Erin is currently a MFA Candidate (’19) at Carnegie Mellon University. She earned a B.A. in Studio Art and Art History from Loyola Marymount University in 2012.

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