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Bridget Mullen
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Fort Greene



ARTIST STATEMENT: In my work repetition implies movement and the passage of time to highlight the radical stillness of paintings. Repeating a figure allows me to sketch out the full nuance of her characteristics in the sum of many. I see the figures as representations or aspects of myself and use painting to make transparent the fallacy of proliferated images as well as to simultaneously benefit from the power gained in repeating my image and those who identify as women. I make paintings atop paintings, disregarding the content below and treating each layer as a "blank slate" while being conscious not to cover each layer completely. Over time, this incidental overlapping of paintings is what creates the composition. The lack of figure-ground integration locates the work outside of a pictorial space and disallows purely narrative interpretations. What is created is an idea space; the figures are meant to be considered through the lens of the methods of their making. Or, I might begin a painting by using a formal logic to compose something entirely abstract and then use shapes or lines in the painting as guides to define the nature and location of figures or recognizable objects. This juxtaposition of modernist principles and the discordant insertion of repeated, cartoonish figures allows the work to oscillate between polarities of irony and sincerity, naivety and knowingness, and relativism and truth.
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  • "When Modernism Isn't Enough"
    2016
    Acrylic paint, spray paint, panel

  • "Going Clear"
    2016
    Acrylic paint, oil paint, canvas

  • "I Have No Eyes, I Record"
    2016
    Acrylic paint, ink, paper

  • "Ideal Strains"
    2016
    Acrylic paint, pastel, spray paint, paper

  • "Together We A Machine"
    2016
    Acrylic paint, ink, spray paint, paper

  • Untitled
    2016
    Acrylic paint, paper

  • Untitled
    2016
    Acrylic paint, paper

  • "Bullshit Furniture"
    2016
    Acrylic paint, fired clay, glaze, glass

  • "I Don't Really Want To Die"
    2015
    Acrylic paint, glue, spray paint, Sculpt-it, pillowcase

  • "WTF City"
    2016
    Acrylic paint, spray paint, gesso, fabric

  • "Plastic Flowers"
    2015
    Acrylic paint, spray paint, tar paper, Marvelseal

  • "Threshold Blues"
    2015
    Acrylic paint, gesso, drop cloth

  • "What Science"
    2015
    Acrylic paint, spray paint, paper

  • Untitled
    2016
    Acrylic paint, rock, canvas

  • "New Rules"
    2016
    Acrylic paint, spray paint, fired clay, glaze, panel

  • "Self Portrait Just After Washing Brushes"
    2016
    Fired clay, glaze, spray paint

  • Untitled
    2016
    Acrylic paint, panel

  • "Make Me Wavy"
    2016
    Acrylic paint, ink, spray paint, gouache, paper

  • "Nature's Promise"
    2015
    Acrylic paint, spray paint, gouache, paper, linen

  • "Don't Avoid Voids"
    2015
    Acrylic paint, spray paint, ink, gouache, Marvelseal
 








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