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In Conversation: Constance Mallinson and Rebecca Lowery

Constance Mallinson. Photo by Todd Gray.

In Conversation: Constance Mallinson and Rebecca Lowery


The rise of the feminist movement and the globalism that exposed US audiences to other cultures were two energizing forces for artist Constance Mallinson, coinciding with the artist’s late-1970s move to Los Angeles. Mallinson worked downtown, creating paintings and drawings that channeled the form and logic of weaving. She focused her attention on employing pattern as a bridge between minimalist aesthetics and a more personal and feminine approach as part of the Pattern and Decoration art movement. Mallinson joins MOCA Assistant Curator Rebecca Lowery in a conversation about her practice then, now, and in the context of the exhibition With Pleasure: Pattern and Decoration in American Art 1972–1985.