Scottsdale Public Art

Temporary Art

Malena Barnhart: Sticker Traps

Using stickers found on the “pink aisles” of toy and craft stores, artist Malena Barnhart creates mixed-media collages featuring different types of traps and constraints.


The Tempe-based artist views mass-produced children’s stickers as stylized symbols that reflect American culture’s gender roles. While stickers for boys typically portray functional roles or objects like doctors, firefighters, construction equipment and vehicles, stickers for girls are often more problematic in content, featuring hearts, flowers, prey animals, princess paraphernalia, fashion accessories and female bodies.


Originally from Maryland, Barnhart has an undergraduate degree in studio art from the University of Maryland and a Master of Fine Arts in photography from Arizona State University. Through repurposing mass culture materials — including children’s stickers, YouTube videos, party decorations and sex toys — her work examines the role enculturation plays in the marginalization of women.


Hours: 9 a.m. –8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. –6 p.m. Friday through Saturday, 1–5 p.m. Sunday.


Located in the Appaloosa Library

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