Secretly Abandoned Spaces

Every abandoned space retains a feeling of what it once was; a library, a railway station, a beautiful house. When stripped away of all the added things, we see a different kind of beauty, one that is forsaken and left adrift. It is the loveliness of both the unborn and unwanted. This piece is about the beauty of loss and decay of a space, a community, a loved one. The world takes back its own. Elegance emerges from loss and tells the story of predicted and necessary change.

One enters the old house where mortals used to live and create stories of their lives. The house becomes a church of collected ideas long passed. These souls live in the walls of haunted spaces. The space will be ornate as a structure of antiquity. People tell the old stories over and over in their lives. Secretly Abandoned Spaces is an ephemeral
museum, a piece that tells the story times lost in antiquity. New stories will be written on the walls which are meant to emerge out of the decay.

Created by Artist and Sculptor (Valerie) Elizabeth Mallory and Illustrator and Concept Designer Mikell Haynes. They reside in Oakland California and are driven by strong interest in art and strive to create unique diverse experiences. In Elizabeth's words: I make my art because I love expression and I love the nuances of communication. I work very hard to convey as much expressive feeling in a way that is uncluttered and pure. I am inspired by people in my own life, and patients I have worked with in hospital settings. The art signifies the elemental way that people integrate with the world.

Physical Description
The structure will mimic an ancient abandoned building in a state of decay. It will be a hexagon-shaped Gazebo type space with a curved staircase in the center leading to an upper dome. The landing will have laser cut windows with lace curtains blowing in the wind. There will be cast figures posed sitting or standing in various corners. The figures
will be milky white or charcoal black human casts made from real people. One figure will be holding blank handmade book burners can write in. On the blue decoupaged walls, there will be a place for burners to write their own stories and draw images with crayons and pens. Mikell Haynes will also do two large paintings on each wall. During the day the sun will shine through laced windows. At night the piece will be lit from the inside so it casts shadows on the desert floor. There will be a light beacon at the top shining over the desert. Surrounding the piece will be blood-red artificial trees with casts of small children sitting in branches.
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Elizabeth Mallory
Oakland, CA

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