Born and raised in a secluded rural area east of Lexington, Missouri, Malynda Eshleman’s photographic work explores themes of motherhood, mortality, family, identity, and the effects of time on the photographic image as an object. Her interest in photography was significantly influenced by the sudden death of her father in 2007. Much of her work is shaped by personal and historical narratives, connections with past and present family relations, as well as her experiences of personal loss and grief.

Eshleman has exhibited at the Carter Art Center Gallery, Longview Cultural Art Center, Kansas City Art Institute, the Women’s Voices Art Show at Westport Center for the Arts, and was most recently featured in Now Knowing at Cara and Cabezas Contemporary, alongside Roxy Paine, Jasper Johns, and John Waters.

Malynda Eshleman holds a B.F.A. in photography from the Kansas City Art Institute.