The Sentimental Side of Abstract Deformities

By Emily Temple

Selected illustrations by Allyson Mellberg from her latest solo show Endogenous, now in Paris

flavorpillheader.PNG

Portraits Shot From Behind
Split Portraits of Family Members
18th Century Lithographs of Eccentric Characters


Allyson Mellberg's work, which we were recently turned onto by Hi-Fructose, manages to be both grotesque and sentimental; discomfiting and relentlessly twee. All of her work draws on the strangeness of nature -- sea urchins, coral, fungi -- but in Endogenous, Mellberg's newest solo show, which recently opened at Galerie LJ in Paris, the artist has also been inspired by her recent experience with motherhood. Here are some of our favorites from Mellberg's new collection. Head here to see more of her work.

mellberg12_13.jpgmellberg12_14.jpgmellberg12_15.jpgmellberg12_8.jpgmellberg12_12.jpgmellberg12_9.jpgmellberg12_10.jpgmellberg12_11.jpgmellberg12_16.jpgmellberg12_17.jpg

A version of this post also appears on Flavorpill, an Atlantic partner site.

Images courtesy of Allyson Mellberg


This article available online at:

http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2012/09/the-sentimental-side-of-abstract-deformities/262406/