Under the Water
To create this abstracted landscape painting, the artist limited her palette to a singular blue—deepening and expanding pictorial space through a meditative and thoughtful process of layering.
About her work, Lucy Mullican says: "I immerse myself in mediums of permanence and transience. My work is rooted in nature—land, water, and sky—from which I abstract elements that intuitively evolve into familiar shapes, recalling existence and the soul. I am trying to find my own place in the world, and I do so through stories imagined in the personality of objects and our fleeting relationship to them."
Lucy Mullican’s works are rooted in the natural world, including the land, water and sky, and often take islands as their subject. The artist creates in a wide range of media, including drawings made with natural homemade and artisanal pigments, as well as paintings made with mineral watercolors applied directly onto wood panels. Mullican’s work explores the personality of objects and our fleeting relationship to them.
Lucy Mullican was born in 1994. The artist received a BFA from the Glasgow School of Art in Glasgow, Scotland in 2019.
A solo exhibition of Mullican’s work, Sensed As Well As Seen, took place at Olympia in New York City in 2022.
Group exhibitions that have shown Mullican’s work include: Social Photography at Carriage Trade in New York City (2021); RiverRun, a two-person exhibition at Richard Demarco Archive in Edinburgh, Scotland (2019); and at the Glasgow School of Art in Glasgow, Scotland (2019).
Mullican participated in the artist residency program at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna, Florida in May 2021.
Mullican’s work has been reviewed in Hyperallergic and The Brooklyn Rail.
Mullican lives and works in New York City.