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Artist Brings Message Of Healing To Reston In Time of Adversity

Patch logo Patch 10/27/2021 Mark Hand
The public is invited to meet artist Julia Malakoff at a reception on Saturday, Oct. 30 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and view her show “Good Juju” through Oct. 31 at Reston Art Gallery and Studios. © Courtesy of Julia Malakoff The public is invited to meet artist Julia Malakoff at a reception on Saturday, Oct. 30 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and view her show “Good Juju” through Oct. 31 at Reston Art Gallery and Studios.

RESTON, VA — “Good Juju,” local artist Julia Malakoff’s solo show of mixed media collages, is in its final week at Reston Art Gallery and Studios.

Malakoff’s most recent work has taken on a new direction, with references to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic over the past 20 months. The Reston show seeks to spread Malakoff’s message of positivity and healing as she struggles with the effects of COVID-19. Malakoff lost her senses of smell and taste after contracting the virus.

“Although I’m profoundly grateful to have escaped the worst of this insidious disease, the virus has robbed me of two of my five senses — taste and smell,” Malakoff said in a statement. “As an artist, I am accustomed to relying on all of my senses, not just sight, to help interpret my observations.”

Even though her physical senses have been partially muted, Malakoff said she pushes forward each day, with a goal of portraying the beauty of the community and world despite the current adversity.

By creating “good juju,” Malakoff said she hopes to help heal herself, at least in spirit, as well as other people who are dealing with their own adversities.

“Taking my frustration with me into the studio, I imagine what my food tastes like as I mix up a variety of colors to whet my visual appetite,” she said. “I want to dive into a delicious paint palette and paint sweet flavors to distract me from my own debilitated, dysfunctional palate.”

"Scentsations," mixed media collage by Julia Malakoff. (Courtesy of Julia Malakoff) © Provided by Patch "Scentsations," mixed media collage by Julia Malakoff. (Courtesy of Julia Malakoff)

Malakoff describes the “Good Juju” show as a joyous offering during difficult times. Art should not only be a rejuvenating experience for the artist, she said, but also for the viewer.

“There is something about adopting a playful mode that allows your mind to relax and then recharge and invites the viewer to do the same,” she explained.

Malakoff also works as an instructor, offering her Make Your Mark classes in mixed media for all skill levels. View Malakoff’s work and learn more about her classes at juliamalakoff.com.

The public is invited to meet Malakoff at a reception on Saturday, Oct. 30 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Reston Art Gallery and Studios and view “Good Juju” through Oct. 31 at the gallery, located at 11400 Washington Plaza West at Lake Anne Village Center. The studio is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays.

For an appointment to view the show outside its regular hours, email juliatova@gmail.com, or contact the gallery by visiting RestonArtGallery.com.

At her art show in Reston, Julia Malakoff seeks to spread a message of positivity and healing as she struggles with the effects of COVID-19. She lost her senses of smell and taste after contracting COVID-19. (Courtesy of Julia Malakoff). © Provided by Patch At her art show in Reston, Julia Malakoff seeks to spread a message of positivity and healing as she struggles with the effects of COVID-19. She lost her senses of smell and taste after contracting COVID-19. (Courtesy of Julia Malakoff).
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