Exceedingly intricate, almost obsessive in their detail, O'Malley's most recent work, tiny pieces mostly under 12 inches, invite up-close inspection & reward the viewer with a sort of eye candy that is pleasing to the soul as well. Details such as mandalas and honeycomb like repetitive patterns keep the viewer moving through the image, wanting desperately to drink in the tiniest of detail, while at the same time soak up all that the bigger picture has to offer.
Certainly meant as an homage to the natural world, O'Malley's work inherently raises questions of stewardship & consumption. Her creatures, while ornately adorned and jeweled, are removed from their natural environments, placed starkly on heavy black paper. Are they perhaps momento mori? Are O'Malley's gorgeously drawn critters and exquisite show of respect to the natural world's beautiful persistence in the face of reckless stewardship? Or are they quite simply O'Malley's way of honoring the deep heritage of beauty and perseverance in the natural world around us, without which, where would we be?