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Robin Mullery Nest #62, 2017

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Robin Mullery, Nest #62
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About the work
  • Medium

    Photography : latex ink print

  • Dimensions cm | inch

    30 x 30 x 1.5 inch

  • Support

    Photography on canvas on stretcher

  • Framing

    Not framed

  • Type

    Numbered and limited to 4 copies
    2 remaining copies

  • Authenticity

    Work sold with an invoice from the gallery
    and a certificate of authenticity

  • Signature

    Signed artwork

  • About the artwork

    Artwork sold in perfect condition

    During the summer of 2017 I was at an artist residency in upstate NY and spent a lot of time at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (Mass MoCA). One evening when I was leaving I walked past a water tower that had these amazing patterns of wear on it. I went back the next day to find out about it and photograph it.

    In 2013 the massive water tower had been covered in 500 convex mirrors as part of an installation by Marco Remec titled, Can’t Hear You (Fat Totem). About the piece I read, “The mirrors’ usual use for safety and security is abandoned, the tower becoming a dizzying, world-absorbing spectacle.” The mirrors had been taken down in 2016 and what was left echoed a feeling I was having as I was 3000 miles away from my five year old twins. The feeling also related to the Remec piece that wasn’t there any more.

    The circle, the nest that I provide for my kids, the containment of their physical bodies and their feelings, the protection I provide them from the outside world, the ways at any particular instant that there is something filling that space, what they bring in from the world, and how the purpose of the space is for it to be grown out of, how even when I am 3000 miles from them I feel them and their absence from my physical space.

    What I saw on the water tower, in the absence of Remec’s safety mirrors, was the imprint of time, how a thing there leaves a mark when gone. Being a mother is the same

    Support – stretched canvas on wood frame.
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Robin Mullery

United States

Robin Mullery infuses tenderness into the images, objects, and installations she creates. Working from her background as a therapist she probes her experience of vulnerability and harm, asking questions of and giving shape to what it is to heal. She draws an analogy between the urban/industrial landscape and the psychic/emotional state of its inhabitants; both surfaces, geomorphic or social, concealing hidden depths and interconnected in ways not easily visible.

Inherent in Mullery's work is an exploration of underlying structures, cracks, and fissures in the coming together of matter. She explores the dichotomy of organic and geometric, the real and conceptual, masculine and feminine, harm and repair. Throughout her installations and two and three dimensional works is a gossamer thread of tenderness woven into the rough industrial materials, brutalist revisionings, and urban repair. Currently an artist-in-residence at Cubberly Artist Studios in Palo Alto, CA, Mullery is self taught in visual art with an MFA in Poetry and an MA in Psychology.

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