The Experience of Landscape
Artist Remarks followed by Reception:
Saturday, May 19, 5:00 - 7:00 pm
Koplin Del Rio is thrilled to host our second solo exhibition of new work by noted landscape painter Michelle Muldrow. Having lived in and out of California throughout her life, Michelle Muldrow's visual perspectives on landscape are filtered through her experiences driving through the American west and midwest as a child.
My work begins as a landscape painter and investigates the experience of the repulsion and seduction of the American environment. I am inspired by the theories of Edmund Burke’s treatise on the sublime and its relationship with terror. Exploring the idea that landscape is a critical construct, I conflate exterior and interior space. In these paintings, the big box store exists as Cathedral/landscape, historically the domain of the sublime. My paintings of big box stores are intended to elicit fear and awe. I embrace a sublime that bewilders the senses, an artificial infinite, reflective of the experience of the American landscape.
- Michelle Muldrow
After many years spent in the Bay Area, Michelle Muldrow now resides in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. She earned a BFA from the University of Minnesota. In 2004 she completed a summer residency program at Cooper Union in New York City. Muldrow was awarded the Creative Workforce Fellowship Grant in 2009. She has shown widely in the United States with work in a number of prestigious private and public collections including the Microsoft Corporate Art Collection and the Cleveland Clinic Art Collection.