Malone grew up in rural Ireland and identifies strongly with his working-class roots. For this piece, he was inspired by the functional clothing worn in construction sites. Looking into historical jumpsuits that were assembled from one piece of cloth, Malone employed a recycled stretch-acrylic fabric found in a factory near his studio in London, which he steamed, split, and sculpted. The result is a one-size-fits-all unisex garment that alludes not only to the jumpsuit’s rich history in labor, but also to a future in which garments and fabrics are reused and recycled.
Gallery label from Energy, 2019