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Judith Mullen

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Bower V, 2016 Plaster, Wax, Resin, Oil On Board 15" X 15"
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Bower IV, 2016 Plaster, Yarn, Paint, Wax On Board 15" X 15"
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Bower I, 2016 Plaster, Yarn Oil, Wax On Board 15" X 15"
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Bower II, 2016 Plaster, Wax, Yarn, Resin On Wood 15" X 15"
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Bower III, 2016 Plaster, Wax, Plaster, Paint, Yarn On Wood 15" X 15"
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Ghost Trees, 2017 Tree Branches, Plaster, Wire, Steel, Hot Glue 10' X 6' X 3'
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Bower I, 2017 Plaster, Yarn, Wax, Styrofoam, Wire 4'5" X 2'x 2'
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Bower II, 2017 Plaster, Yarn, Wax, Styrofoam, Wire 4'5", 2' X 2'
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Walker I, 2017 Tree Branches, Plaster, Yarn, Wire, Steel, Styrofoam 5' X 4'5" X 3'
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Walker VII, 2017 Tree Branches, Plaster, Paper, Metal, Yarn, Paint 7 ' X 6' X 5' © 2017
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
Chicago
Lives in
Wheaton, Il
Works in
Chicago, Il
Schools
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 2001, BFA
Representing galleries
Linda Warren Gallery, Il , California, Chicago, Lois Lambert Gallery, Santa Monica
Tags
sculpture, mixed-media, installation, landscape, modern, graffiti/street-art
Current Exhibitions and Events
Sep, 2017
"Go Figure",
Linda Warren Projects
Statement

 

Wandering, the deliberate moving off a set course, is about non-conforming, staying open to a new way of facing everyday challenges.  Unlike Richard Long who poetically recreates the quiet poetry of his daily walks, my explorations begin on foot wandering alone in the forest preserve which often can be an unsettling experience.  Having to adjust, move off a chosen path and find a new direction home is a process that helps facilitate making.  It is the getting lost and at some point finding my way back that new possibilities occur and the transformation of ideas emerge.

The resilience of the tree informs my life and helps direct object making in the studio.  Found tree bark, stumps, branches, cardboard and glue is woven into Styrofoam, paint, steel, wire and plaster in the assemblage of nest-like sculptures and installations.  The large and small objects and shapes collide, fall apart and connect much like our everyday experiences and relationships.

Interweaving elements of the natural world with the man-made ones helps me speak to a balance between strength and fragility.  The abstract and representational objects invoke modern, urban life balanced with the unpredictable solitude of the natural world.  It is my hope that the audience will wander through and around my work to reflect how they themselves navigate their daily lives.