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Item Name: Mixed Media
Title: For Ena
Maker: Lorraine Malach
Year: 1976
Country: Canadian
Materials: ceramic mural on wood
Measurements: overall: 256 cm x 100.6 cm x 1.9 cm
ID Number: PC83.1.32

Extended Label Info: Commissioned in memory of library worker Ena Rosemary Wright, this low-relief ceramic tile mural by Lorraine Malach is one of several public artworks she created in Regina as commissions for churches, schools and other public venues. Her subject matter often includes human figures in relation to natural elements. Inspired equally by the beauty of mathematics and the natural world, Malach’s artwork combines her sense of the spiritual with her sense of wonder in science and humanity. Lorraine Malach (1933-2003) was born in Regina, Saskatchewan. She studied painting at the University of Regina and earned an art certificate in 1953. Malach went on to study in Pennsylvania at the Barnes Foundation until 1955 and at the Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts until 1957. Her oil and watercolour paintings and ceramic works have been exhibited in group and solo show in Saskatchewan and across Canada since the 1960s. When Malach passed away in 2003, she was working on The Story of Life, a mural that consists of ten panels, each four feet wide and eight feet high; and ten tons of clay for the Royal Tyrell Museum in Drumheller, Alberta. The piece was nearly finished when she passed and was completed by her friends. Her artwork is in many public collections, including the Government of Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan Arts Board, and the Vatican Collection of the Papal Nuncio in Ottawa.