Over the past several years Judith Mullen's paintings, sculptures and installations continue to explore motion and space, the nature/culture divide and transformation. Sculptures and installations evolve out of the painting process by using materials already found in the studio along with objects--such as fallen tree branches, bark, stumps, and rocks--found while hiking. Mullen marries these items to the handmade, along with fabric, wire, clay, wax, plaster and paint. The once cast away and forgotten is transformed into an energized, open container which speaks to illusions, history and possibility.
In 2001 Mullen received a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work has been shown in venues throughout the United States, including Chicago, New York and Los Angeles and most recently at the South Bend Museum of Art, Indiana. Over the years she has received numerous awards along with professional residencies. She is a recent recipient of the Illinois Arts Council Fellowship, which provided her with an opportunity to spend two weeks at Grotte de Niaux, France, studying the ancient cave paintings, resulting in a solo show in France. Her work is held in both private and public collections.