The Malissa Perry Project


A heartfelt collaboration between Malissa Perry, a woman with Down Syndrome and autism, and her former caregiver, artist Christen Mattix.  

The Malissa Perry Project pairs Malissa’s jewel-like abstractions with Christen’s bold portraits of Malissa. A work of art as social practice, the project brought together adults with intellectual disabilities, caregivers, and the community in radical celebration. Overturning stereotypical ideas of ability and disability, artist and model, the exhibit reveals a democratic approach to art practice.

View Malissa's paintings at www.facebook.com/themalissaperryproject.com



Malissa and Phoebe by Christen Mattix

Malissa and Maria by Christen Mattix


Towards a New Social Fabric by Christen Mattix


Real Presence by Christen Mattix


Lacing Card by Christen Mattix


White Painting by Christen Mattix

Black and Red Shirt by Christen Mattix

Sunrise in Your Smile by Christen Mattix

Wow! by Christen Mattix






Christen hanging a painting by Malissa Perry at Makeshift gallery.






Infrared by Christen Mattix

Every Bean Counts by Christen Mattix

Divine Jest by Christen Mattix

Live Deliciously by Christen Mattix


photo by Christen Mattix

photo by Christen Mattix

photo by Christen Mattix

photo by Christen Mattix


photo by Christen Mattix