Malia Penhall will be showcasing a series of portraits made from a combination of embroidery, knitting, fabric and acrylic for the month of June. Please join us for Arts! Arcata on June 14 from 6pm-9pm.
These images were created in 2011 as a way to explore the issue of abandoned animals. Malia ”sees dogs in shelters and pounds as coiled potential waiting to be unleashed. These canines have the capability to fill our lives with joy and memories that will stay with us our lifetime. Why are these trusting creatures abandoned as though they are disposable possessions?”
Using internet photos of dogs in local Humboldt animal shelters, Malia creates the portrait of a canine. The tactile process of embroidery and knitting allows her to connect to the subject of her work.
I am living and creating in Arcata, California. My work has been published in the Humboldt Magazine and I have been interviewed about my art for the radio. I have had many exhibitions in Humboldt County, including First Street Gallery and Reese Bullen Gallery. Currently I am painting and working on a large scale instillation for the Creamery Distinct festival in August.
When I am not creating in my studio I am the ISA for Museum and Gallery Practices program at Humboldt State. I work with the Arcata Playhouse teaching in their artist in residence program, helping out with stage production and festivals. I have been in the Kinetic Grand Championship race as member of June Moxon’s team for the past three years. In addition to I busy myself with knitting, sewing and cooking.