An artist has used disaster as a resource and created work from the ashes of the Mackintosh Building, the part of the Glasgow School of Art ravaged by a raging fire. Melissa Maloco lost her whole portfolio in the fire but undeterred, still managed to create a piece for an exhibition that showcases the work of artists who lost their work in the tragedy. For her exhibit, entitled Negotiation of Space (A Door Opening and Closing), she used carbon straight from the ashes of the "Mack" building, a fitting way to use destruction for creation.
Speaking to Dazed, Maloco said: "I had finished installing my show plus supporting work and sketchbooks on the Thursday night and had just left the building to print of a list of the works I was presenting for assessment when the fire broke out. Watching the building go up in flames was like watching a loved one burn."
She's certainly proved herself a reactive artist and, as anybody who "makes" knows, losing work and trying to recreate something can be a pained experience. However, Maloco has tried to see the positive in disaster. "The original series of drawings were a lot more graphic and crisp," she says. "The thought of making work again so soon can seem really alien and so being asked to exhibit new work a few weeks after the fire made me overcome that block sooner rather than later which was very freeing. As artists I think we’re all very visual people and so being granted access to the Mack post-fire really helped me deal with and process the events."
The exhibition opens today at the Burgh Hall, Dunoon and runs until 26th July. It features the work of six other fine art graduates.
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