Self-help

ONGOING

In this ongoing project, Mallett collects, archives, researches and responds to second-hand self-improvement and new-age materials. In the research she delves into its history and context, and its status as a popular, academically ‘unsanctioned’ discourse. The artworks in this ongoing project highlight the promises of enlightenment and well-being in this form of literature, focusing on the cultural interest in the genre as a gesture of hope, tempered by a skepticism about its transformative power. This body of work conflates, rearranges, and reconsiders the sphere of self-improvement, and its role as a social convention.

Don’t Say Yes When You Want To Say No, 2015
Inkjet print
28“x40”
Edition of 3 (2 available)

Start Living Every Day of Your Life, 2015
Inkjet print
28“ x 40”
Edition of 3 (2 available)

What Do You Say After You Say Hello, 2014
Inkjet print
32“x40”
Edition of 3

The Power of Your Subconscious Mind, 2014
Inkjet print
28“x40”
Edition of 3 (2 available)

When I Say No I Feel Guilty, 2013
Inkjet print
21.75“x36”
Edition of 5 (4 available)

Personhood, 2012
Inkjet print
28“x40”
Edition of 3

Being Yourself, 2011
Inkjet print
32“x40”
Edition of 3 (1 available)

Past Self-Help Work

Body Language, 2012
2 Inkjet prints
each 24“x20”
Edition of 3

The Journey, 2010
2 Inkjet prints
each 24“x20”
Edition of 3 (2 available)

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Kyla Mallett
Associate Professor
Faculty of Visual Art and Material Practice
Emily Carr University of Art and Design
1399 Johnston Street, Vancouver BC V6H 3R9
www.ecuad.ca/people/profile/14488
email: kylamallett@gmail.com

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