Marissa Malik (b. 1994 Connecticut, USA) is a London based artist exploring mysticism and diasporic identity through printmaking, writing, illustration, and video.
She interrupts normative narratives of cultural assimilation and ‘exchange’ by using images and symbols from her mixed Pakistani and Mexican heritage to invent a unique visual language about her experiences living in the West. Malik is also interested in the way communities of color maintain and evolve their relationships to ‘motherland(s)’ while living in the Global North. She seeks to rewrite colonial narratives, as well as platform people of marginalized identities.
Malik's current research concerns how identity formation occurs amongst first generation people of color, and the effects of language erasure (specifically the loss of mother tongues and ancestral tongues) in attempted assimilation. This includes her ongoing curatorial project Bad Hands Mixes, where Malik invites musicians of color to create mixes highlighting sounds that truly resonate with them, and features them here on her website. In these mixes, producers discuss/show their artistic practices in relation to their hopes, dreams, ancestral callings, and experiences.
Malik's work has appeared in a wide range of publications such as Gal-Dem, Consented, The Bristol Cable, and Skin Deep Magazine. Her contributions range from cover illustrations, to political writing. In October 2018, her piece "Titty Taboos and Self Love" was published in Issue 3 of Gal-Dem's annual print issue entitled "Secrets".
Malik also runs a workshop called “Womxn of Color: Voices in Print”, where participants are invited to read and discuss revolutionary texts by women of colour, as well as learn the basics of screen printing. Highlights from the first iteration of this workshop hosted by Saatchi Art’s “The Other Art Fair” can be found here.
At the beginning of 2017 she curated/exhibited the show ‘APATHiE’ in Boston’s renowned Distillery Gallery. This entailed bringing together 5 women artists to create a show which considered the way they balance feminist acts of revolution with self care.
Malik is currently completing her MA in Print at The Royal College of Art.
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Black Cultural Activism Map @ Central Saint Martins, London, UK. October 2018.
Demystifying Magic + Intuition @ WAH Nails, London, UK. September 2018.
Open Doors: Vote 100 @ Here East + Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK. July 2018.
SISTERS IN PRINT @ The Other Art Fair (Saatchi Art), London, UK. March 2018.
MARISSA MALIK (Solo Show) @ Hauswitch Home + Healing, Salem, MA. 2017.
'APATHiE' @ Distillery Gallery, Boston, MA. Dec. 2016 - Jan. 2017.
Solidarity Benefit & Exhibition for Standing Rock @ Distillery Gallery, Boston, MA. 2016.
UnAmbient @ Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA. 2016.
A Group Thing @ Thomas Young Gallery, Boston, MA. 2016.
Go to the Light @ BLANC Gallery & 301 Gallery, Boston & Beverly, MA. 2016.
Louder Than Words Project @ Lace Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. 2016.
Just What I Always Wanted @ Thomas Young Gallery, Boston, MA. 2015.
SELECTED LIVE SILKSCREEN PRINT EVENTS
Live Print & Artwork Installation @ The Other Art Fair / London, UK. March 2018. ( Sisters in Print )
Live Print @ The Other Art Fair / London, UK. October 2017. ( Jacknife Prints )
Live Print & Artwork installation @ Shangri-La area of Glastonbury Festival / Glastonbury, UK. 2017. ( Jacknife Prints + Stanley Donwood )
Live T-Shirt Print @ Distillery Gallery / Boston, MA. 2016. ( AntiDesigns LLC )
Live T-Shirt Print @ Converse HQ / Boston, MA. 2015 + 2016 ( AntiDesigns LLC )
Live T-Shirt Print @ Boston Fuzzstival / Cambridge, MA. 2016. ( AntiDesigns LLC )
Live Pennant Print @ Boston Calling Festival / Boston, MA. 2015 + 2016. ( AntiDesigns LLC + 47 Brand )
Live T-Shirt Print @ Brooklyn Boudlers / Somerville, MA. 2015. ( AntiDesigns LLC )
SELECT PRESS & FEATURES
Reprezent Radio London - ( Guest Feature for NAO )
NTS Radio - ( Guest Mix )
Broadly Online - ( Illustration )
Gal-Dem Zine Online - ( Illustration )
Print Plug Online - ( Interview )
RCA WIP 2018 Highlights - ( Exhibition )
Boston Globe Newspaper - ( APATHiE Exhibition )
THUMP Magazine - ( Portrait Work )
LUCAD/Lesley University: Illustration and Fashion Design Classes - February 2017.
University of Hartford: Illustration classes - February 2017.