Our latest shopping bag project is by an artist and individual who was one of our favorite people in the whole world: the late Susan O'Malley. This project is being released in conjunction with the book she completed just before passing away, Advice From My 80-Year-Old Self, published by Chronicle books. The tote takes a page from Susan's Book (literally and figuratively). She was an artist and curator whose work and life revolved around an unabashed humor and optimism in everything she did. It's our desire to see her work and message continue in our everyday lives, and in yours.
Previous contributors to the shopping bag series include poet Thomas A. Clark and artist Hayal Pozanti.
A portion of the sales will benefit the Susan O'Malley Memorial Fund for the Arts.
- SUSAN O'MALLEY
Susan O’Malley (1976-2015) was an artist and curator from the San Francisco Bay Area. From posters to pep talks, billboards to vending machines, her art uses simple and recognizable tools of engagement to connect people to one another. O’Malley’s artwork has been exhibited in public projects across the United States—including the Montalvo Art Center, Kala Art Institute, and Palo Alto Art Center in California; the Contemporary Art Museum in Houston; and the Parthenon Museum in Nashville—as well as in galleries and museums in the United Kingdom, Denmark, and Poland. Her installation Finding Your Center was recently featured at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and her project A Healing Walk is permanently installed at Villa Montalvo in Northern California.