Drawing on her background in painting and sculpture, Emily Mullin utilizes the tradition of still life painting to compose tableaux that feature handmade vessels bearing live flowers on painted steel shelves. These compositions of functional and organic objects float on the wall as a three-dimensional still life that exists somewhere between the flat space of representation and reality. Each still life is distinct, with forms and compositions that celebrate a range of historical influences alluding to the visual language of worship and desire: from Cycladic idols and ancient Egyptian ceramics used to store cosmetics and perfume, to gilded Spanish altars from the 1400’s, to the dancers in modern musicals and at the West Indian Day parade in Brooklyn.
Emily Mullin lives and works in Brooklyn and studied at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, MA and at Goldsmiths, University of London in London, UK. She held a solo presentation at Sunday Takeout in Brooklyn in Spring 2016 and has been included in group exhibitions at Kate Werble Gallery and Casey Kaplan Gallery in New York.