Along with Cedars Art House visitors who are here to learn about making art, interact with other artists, or rent space for creative expression, the space is also used by local artists David Villegas and Mikki Mallow.
As a child, David’s heroes were mechanics, masons, meat packers, and boxers. These were men whose skin and hair were dark like his and who sounded like him. They were men who sacrificed their bodies so that their children would not have to. Objects that once belonged to these men are used in the creation of David’s prints and 3-D work. He’s collected work-worn shirts and jackets as well as fight-worn boxing trunks and gloves that have all been incorporated into the process of making his work. The objects are either pressed into the paper itself or a direct cast of the object is made. Thus, the work contains a direct lineage back to the original body that it once belonged to, much like a relic.
Ultimately, through the use of prints and objects, the viewer of David’s work is offered a chance to learn a little bit about David, and have a glimpse into what has shaped him and continues to motivate him.
The work of Dallas-based artist and designer Mikki Mallow can be described as abstract and figurative with a focus on color, form, words, and the emotions they evoke.
Mallow’s artistic work has been featured locally, nationally, and digitally, and has been featured in both the NYLO and Fairmont Hotels in Dallas, where she was appointed Artist in Residence.
Her inspirations include light, movement, water, color, film, print, photography, architecture, design, music, glass, candy, travel, family & friends, contemporary art in all forms and mediums, and artists such as Chihuly, LaChapelle, Ann Hamilton, Chuck Close, and Lichtenstein.
She has exhibited in numerous group and solo shows including: Sugar Fix, I See Dead People, One Track Mind, Your Element, D Magazine Art Slam, and Games.People.Play.
Originally from Michigan, Mallow’s background and studies in design are always shaping the content of her artwork. She incorporates a variety of elements and materials to create unique and memorable “pop fusion” installations, encompassing a full sensory art experience.