Samantha Malay

Autumn Travel #7
4.25″x5.5″; antique bed linens, Japanese cookie packaging, beeswax; 2019

Samantha Malay
Seattle, Washington, USA


While rummaging through vintage textiles and old postcards, I found a Kodak 126 camera. I searched for ways to combine my square-format snapshots with fabric and travel ephemera, and discovered beeswax as both an adhesive and a sealant. I explore the non-sequential nature of memory by creating low-contrast visual environments. Layers of printed paper, cloth and wax dissolve the distance between foreground and background, resulting in a translucent simultaneity of past and present. My collage community includes thrift store ghosts, who manifest as my love of antique household linens, outdated office supplies and the unabridged 1967 Random House dictionary I use as both a literary resource and a paper press.


Samantha Malay was born in Berlin, Germany and grew up in rural northeastern Washington State. She is a graduate of Seattle University’s sociology program, a theatrical wardrobe technician by trade, and a mixed-media artist. Her collages have been published in The Grief Diaries, Cahoodaloodaling, Phoebe: A Journal of Literature and Art, Chaleur Magazine, Apeiron Review and Inverted Syntax.


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