Malca Schotten has lived in Norwich for the past 30 years. She was born in London and raised with strong artistic influence from her European parents.
Malca's practice is predominantly a fusion of charcoal and pastel drawing, often on a large scale. Malca says, "I am endlessly driven to draw; it is a challenging and compulsive practice, and a critical means of communication. I strive to discover a visual language to express my sense of inspiration and euphoria both in the act of drawing and the subject matter. These subjects are diverse; perhaps subtle everyday noticed landscapes, walks in the city or countryside, or inspired unexpectedly".
Malca completed her foundation at Hornsey Art School (Middlesex University )before completing a BA(Hons) in Illustration at Brighton University. She worked for Thames and Hudson alongside her graphic designer father for 10 years whilst also developing her artistic skills and exhibiting in London.
Her solo shows have included regular shows at Mandell's Gallery, and The Fairhurst Gallery in Norwich. Group shows include The John Hurt Prize show at Holt Festival 2016, 2017, exhibitions at the Norwich Castle Museum 2012, 2014, Opens at Kettle's Yard Cambridge 1998, 2000, and The RA Summer Show in 1986. In 1987 Malca was selected for the John Player National Portrait Award exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery.
In addition, Malca has combined teaching with working on large-scale art projects in the public domain including a 2013 show called I’m Not Dead Yet, documenting and celebrating the lives and histories of older residents of Norwich. She has also made a series of explorations, in more than one show, of coastal erosion on the North Norfolk beaches. She has produced a large body of drawings called ‘Maternity’ following her own journey through pregnancy and motherhood.
Her most recent project in 2017 called Lives in Science, funded by The Arts Council and local funding bodies resulted in exhibitions at the Norwich Science Festival and the John Innes Centre/Centrum.
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