Sept. 3, 2014
Contact: Lesley Fry (419) 995-8671 or Pam Joseph (419) 995-8284
Mullen exhibition balances nature with modern society at Ohio State Lima
The Ohio State University at Lima welcomes artist Judith Mullen, who opens her exhibition, Wanderlust, from Sept. 11-Oct. 17, 2014, in the Farmer Family Gallery in Reed Hall. The opening reception for her exhibition is from 6-8 p.m., Thurs., Sept. 11, 2014.
The exhibition will feature nearly two dozen assemblages that invoke the quirky mania of modern society balanced by the solitude of the natural world in which the viewer may wander for a visit. Mullen views the materials used for the pieces in Wanderlust as a metaphor for the human experience: tree bark, wood, branches, saw dust, paper, cardboard and glue are married to Styrofoam, paint, fabric, resin and plaster in the assemblage of nest-like paintings, sculptures and installations. The process of incorporating materials at differing physical states in the act of crafting something new mimics the human experience of merging memory with the present. Mullen says that the interweaving elements of the natural world with the manmade is her attempt to find a balance between strength and fragility while keeping open the possibility for change and transformation in both the work and in her own life.
Mullen is a Chicago-based artist who has had several solo exhibitions in and around Chicago, Los Angeles, Santa Monica and Santa Fe. Her work has also appeared as part of group exhibitions in New York, Chicago and various other locations throughout the Midwest. Mullen has been the recipient of honors including the Illinois Arts Council Fellowship and professional artist residencies in France and Saugatuck, Mich. Mullen received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
The artwork will be on display from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., weekdays, Fri., Sept. 12-Fri., Oct. 17, 2014, in the Farmer Family Gallery in Reed Hall. Both the opening reception and the exhibition are free and open to the public.