Judith Mullen

Painting I / 2016 / charcoal, oil, wax on board / 20" x 16" / TBD
Painting II / 2016 / charcoal, oil, wax on board / 20" x 16" / TBD
Painting III / 2016 / charcoal, oil, wax on board / 20" x 16 / TBD
Hatch XI / 2016 / mixed media on board / 17" x 17" / TBD
Canabula V / 2015 / tree branch, hot glue, plastic, plaster, yarn, wire, clay, and steel wool / 60" x 60" x 36" / TBD
Tree Grove 1 / 2015 / mixed media on board / 12" x 12" x 2" / TBD
Tree 1 / 2015 / mixed media on tile / 12" x 12" x 2" / TBD
Install View of "A Good Wander"
Install View of "A Good Wander"
Afoot X / 2014 / plaster, fabric, yarn, sawdust and enamel / 56" x 52" x 6" / TBD
Afoot VII / 2014 / plaster, fabric, resin, sawdust, paper, wood, enamel, Styrofoam and Wire / 82" x 52" x 8" / TBD
Forest Floor XVI / 2013 / paper, plaster, oil, enamel, grout and wax on board / 36" x 36" / TBD
Afoot I / 2014 / paper, fabric, resin, sawdust, enamel, charcoal and plaster / 36" x 30" x 4" / TBD
Afoot III / 2014 / plaster, carpet, fabric and sawdust / 24" x 24" x 8" / TBD
Forest Floor XVII / 2013 / paper, fabric, enamel and oil on canvas / 24" x 18" / TBD
Afoot VI / 2013 / paper, enamel, ink and oil on canvas / 24" x 18" / SOLD
Afoot IV / 2013 / paper, enamel, ink and oil on canvas / 24" x 18" / SOLD
Afoot V / 2013 / paper, enamel, ink and oil on canvas / 18" x 24" / SOLD
Forest Floor XI / 2013 / paper, oil and enamel on canvas / 48" x 24" / TBD
Forest Floor VIII / 2013 / paper, enamel, ink and oil on wood / 22" x 30" / TBD
Forest Floor X / 2013 / Paper, enamel and oil on board / 36" x 40" / TBD
Forest Floor XV / 2013 / Oil, enamel, wax and canvas on canvas / 40" x 36" / TBD
Cunabula IV / 2013 / tree branch, paper, resin, fabric, plaster, Styrofoam and wire / 72" x 30" x 30" / SOLD
Forest Floor XXI / 2013 / Ink and charcoal on paper / 30" x 22" / TBD
Forest Floor Relief VIII / 2013 / Plastic, paint, cardboard, tape, plaster, fabric and wood / 9' x 6' x 2' / $12,000
Forest Floor Relief VIII (detail) / 2013 / Plastic, paint, cardboard, tape, plaster, fabric and wood / 9' x 6' x 2' / $12,000
Forest Floor IV / 2013 / Oil, enamel, acrylic and charcoal on paper / 12" x 18" / TBD
Forest Floor I / 2012 / Oil, enamel, acrylic and charcoal on paper / 12" x 18" / TBD
Mile Marker F / 2012 / Ink, acrylic and charcoal on paper on canvas / 22" x 30" / TBD
Detour II / 2008 / Acrylic, ink, tea, charcoal and wax on paper / 22" x 30" / $2,000
Detour III / 2008 / Acrylic, ink, tea, charcoal and wax on paper / 22" x 30" / $2,000
New Construction Tree I / 2009 / Wood, wire, plaster, cloth, paper, paint, clay and Styrofoam / 40" x 35" x 40" / $6,500
New Construction Tree II / 2009 / Wood, wire, plaster, cloth, paper, paint, clay and Styrofoam / 40" x 64" x 24"  / $5,000
New Construction Tree III / 2009 / Wood, wire, plaster, cloth, paper, paint, clay and Styrofoam / 36" x 40" x 45" / $4,500

EDUCATION

2001 BFA Painting and Drawing, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2014 – “A Good Wander” Linda Warren Projects, Chicago, Il
2014 – “A Crooked Path”, Riverside Art Center, Riverside, Il
2013 – “Industry of Now”, South Shore Arts, Atruim Gallery, Munster, IN 
2013 – “White Noise”, Lois Lambert Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
2012 – “Ferus”, Eggman and Walrus, Santa Fe, NM
2010 – “Aerie” Linda Warren Gallery, Chicago, IL
2010 – “Travel Ways” Krasl Art Museum, St. Joseph, MI
2010 – “New Fresco Works:” JK Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2009 – Project Space, Linda Warren Gallery, Chicago, IL
2008 – Contemporary Art Workshop, Chicago, IL
2006 – “Frescoes et.al” Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL
2006 – “New Work” Giola Gallery, Chicago, IL
2004 – University Club of Chicago, Chicago, IL

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2014 – University of St. Francis, Fort Wayne, Indiana
2014 – “Into the Void”, Porter Contemporary, NY, NY
2013 – “Taking Chances”, Noyes Cultural Art Center, Evanston, IL
2013 – “Drink to Me” Porter Contemporary, NY, NY
2012 – “Ways of Making”, Governors State University, University Park, IL
2012 – “Brace for Impact”, Eggman and Walrus, Santa Fe, NM
2011 – South Bend Museum of Art, 26th Biennial, South Bend, MI
Besty Carpenter, Walker Art Center, Juror
2011 – Art Chicago, Linda Warren Gallery, Chicago, IL
2011 – “Splash”, Porter Contemporary, NY
2010 – Lesley Heller Workspace, New York, NY
2010 – Art Chicago, Linda Warren Gallery, Chicago, IL
2010 – Krasl Art Museum, Sculpture Invitational, St. Joseph, MI
2009 – “Trace, Memory” Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL
2009 – Hinsdale Art Center, Hinsdale, IL
2009 – “Prints and Drawings:Works on Paper”, Lubeznik Center for the Arts, Indiana
2008 – “Hyper-Nature”, Spaces Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio
2008 – 19th Evanston Biennial, Evanston, IL
2008 – Rockford Museum Midwestern Biennial, Rockford, IL
2007 – Chicago Cultural Center, Peace Tower, Chicago, IL
2007 – South Shore Arts 64th Annual Salon Show, Munster, IN
2007 – “Works on Paper” Evanston Art Center, Evanston, Il
2007 – Union Street Gallery, Chicago, Il
2007 – Gramont Cat’ Art Gallery, Ste. Colombe-sur –Hers, France
2006 – “Curly-Cue”, Beacon Street Gallery, Chicago, Il
2006 – 60th Juried Exhibition, Sioux City Art Center, Sioux City, IA
2005 – “Small Works”, Harper College, Palatine, Il
2005 – “95th Water Tower Annual”, Louiseville, KY
2002 – “Works on Paper, Louisiana State University, LA
2002 – “Spectrums of Solutions”, Parsons, Chicago, IL
2002 – AT Kearney, Chicago, IL
2001 – BFA Show, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
2001 – Nippon Steel, Corporate Show, Chicago, IL

AWARDS

2012 – Fellowship, Vermont Studios
2009 – Viewing Program, New York, New York
2007 – Illinois Arts Council Fellowship
2007 – Curator’s Choice Award Chicago Artist Coalition
2007 – Professional Artist Residency, Cat’Art, Sainte-Columbe, France
2005 – Merit Award, 95h Water Tower Annual, Louisville, Ky, Julie Rodriquez, MCA, Chicago, juror
2004 – lst Place, 8th International Open, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL Lynne Warren, MCA Chicago, juror
2002 – Professional Artist Residency, Ox-bow, Saugatuck, MI
2002 – Spectrum of Solutions Award, AT Kearney, Chicago, IL
1998 – Zanzi Scholarship, The School of the Art Institute, Chicago, IL
1997 – Merit Scholarship, The School of the Art Institute, Chicago, IL

TALKS

2014 – “A Crooked Path”, talk/poem, Riverside Art Center, Riverside, Il
2011 – South Bend Museum of Art, South Bend, IN
2010 – “The History of Fresco Painting”, Krasl Art Museum, St. Joseph, MI
2010- “Fresco: Process and Inspirations” Waterstreet Gallery, Batavia, IL

PUBLICATIONS
2014 – Chicago Magazine, Critics Pick, Best 18 Shows in February, Jason Foumberg
2014 – “Into the Void” fuses Masculine, Femininie, 3-D, Abstraction, Progressive Pulse.com
2014 – “Works at Judith Mullen Studios”, Interview with Philip Hartigan
2014 – “World of Threads”, Interview with Dawn Rugington
2010 – Chicago Art Magazine, “Aerie” Reviewed by Jeffrey McNary
2010 – Chicago Tribune, “Aerie”, Reviewed by Lauren Vierra
2009 – Artslant, “Trace/Memory” Reviewed by Abraham Ritchie
2009 – New City Art, “Trace/Memory” Reviewed by Claudine Ise
2008 – Cleveland Free Times Press, “Against Nature”, Spaces Gallery, Douglas Utter
2008 – Cleveland The Plain Dealer, “Hyper Nature”, Spaces Gallery, Steve Litt
2008 – New City Art, “Double Take on the Biennial” Jason Foumberg

Wandering, the deliberate moving off a set course, is about non-conforming increasing the possibility of staying open to a new way of experiencing and/or resolving everyday challenges. From my earliest memories the physical act of walking and wandering has been intertwined into my daily experience and has provided a respite from the chaos and demands of living in our fast paced culture. To help facilitate the full immersion into the solitude of the natural world I have tried to eliminate as many technological forms of communication as possible: forgoing television, newspapers and a regimented use of the computer are a part of my daily studio and life practice. This self imposed practice of limiting the vast amount of communication competing for our energy and time facilitates a counter culture approach to making. It is in the getting lost and at some point finding my way back that new possibilities occur and the transformation of ideas emerge.

A “good” wander is when I find myself hiking though a forested natural habitat far away from the beeps, clicks, horns, sirens, ring tones and other minutia of daily life. Here I am able to immerse myself into the natural world and mentally record the sights and sounds along my trek. Over the past few years the tree and all of its’ by- products has made its way into my urban studio practice and presented itself 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 for me the human experience of merging memory with the present. Interweaving elements of the natural world with the man-made is an attempt to find a balance between strength and fragility while keeping open the possibility for change and transformation in both the work and in my own life. It is my hope that together the abstract and referential will invoke the quirky mania of modern society balanced by the solitude of the natural world in which the viewer may wander into for a visit.