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Mallory Sanders

Mallory Sanders hails from Sandy, Utah, but currently resides in Cedar City, UT. Though she has always had an artistic eye and hunger for creativity, it was not until college that Mallory decided to officially pursue her artistic passions and dive into the art world. She is grateful for the mentoring she received at Southern Utah University (SUU) to give her the courage to declare herself as an artist and embrace her creative potential. Mallory received her Bachelor of Science in Art, with Museum Studies and Art History Minors from SUU in 2017. She was honored to be chosen as the College of Performing and Visual Arts Valedictorian for her graduating class. Since then, she has had artwork in several exhibitions throughout Utah, winning several awards for her artwork. Also while at SUU, Mallory discovered a passion for museum work, and in 2016 had the privilege to help open a new state-of-the-art museum in Cedar City, the Southern Utah Museum of Art. With over 8 years of museum experience, she is currently the Coordinator of Exhibitions. This position has allowed her to further her creativity with exhibition design and curatorial work. She is honored to be a part of the work SUMA does to engage the community with the arts, foster an atmosphere of creativity and discovery, and provide experiential learning for the rising generation of art museum professionals.

DETAIL – DISTORTION – ILLUSION – PATTERN – ABSTRACTION Each of these 5 elements play a role in my artwork. Though the part they play may change with each piece I create, they constantly shape my vision as an artist. Details have always fascinated me, often the everyday and overlooked ones. I find beauty in these details and believe in the principle that the sum of the parts is greater than the whole. When these simple details are repeated, they create patterns. Whether they are organized patterns or more organic, I believe they too are beautiful. Patterns in nature especially intrigue me – things like rocks, minerals, water, and reflections. I want these seemingly mundane details and patterns to transcend the everyday and become a work of art in people’s eyes. To do this, I often experiment with distortion and illusion. These effects encourage you to look at details and patterns differently and change your perception of them. I also try to recontextualize these details and patterns by exploring abstraction. My artistic inspiration is drawn from the real world — what I see around me. But I relish the challenge of pushing these details beyond reality, where the intrinsic beauty found in them is pulled to the forefront. I am a realist fascinated with abstraction. So, in my work, I search for that sweet spot where abstraction and realism can coexist. In these ways and through various media, I strive to merge detail, distortion, illusion, pattern and abstraction. As an artist, it is an exciting notion that these 5 elements have the potential for endless combinations and I am just beginning to discover the possibilities.



Mallory Sanders “See You Too (Cu2),” 2017, Reductive linocut, 30 x 24 in.

Mallory Sanders, “Jasper Jordan,”2021, oil on board, 20 x 16 in.


Mallory Sanders, “Premature Wrinkles,” 2018, Graphite on FLAT piece of paper, 20 x 16 in.


Mallory Sanders, “Bel Air Flair,” 2019, oil on board, 18 x 12 in.


Mallory Sanders, “1535,” 2015, oil on board, 24 x 36 in.


Mallory Sanders, “Delineation,” 2017, linocut, 20 x 16 in.

Mallory Sanders, “Damask Interior II,” 2016, Lithography, 11 x 8 in.

Mallory Sanders, “Lionfish Filigree,” 2023, Lioncut with Chine Colle using vintage wrapping paper, 10 x 8 in.


Mallory Sanders, “Slot Canyon – Lionfish Blinds Series,” 2022, Digital photography, 10 x 8 in.

Mallory Sanders, “Grooves,” 2023, Drypoint, 10 x 8 in.

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