Emily Mullin (b. 1984 in Santa Monica, CA) studied paiting and sculpture at Mount Holyoke College, in South Hadley, MA and Goldsmiths, University of London, in London, UK. Recent exhibitions include solo shows at JAck Hanley Gallery, Tennis Elbow/ The Journal Gallery, and Lucien Terras in New York. Group exhibitions include Jack Hanley Gallery, Mrs., Kate Werble Gallery, and Casey Caplan Gallery, in New York. Mullin lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
Emily Mullin's work stages handmade vessels bearing live flowers on bent steel displays. While the pieces refer to the tradition of still-life painting, they exist somewhere between the flat space of representation and reality. These sculptural reliefs explore the potential of the frame and the forms and compositions celebrate a range of historical influences allluding to the visual language of worship and desire. The live flowers and foliage further accentuate the fecund aspects of the vases and underscores that the work is both haptic and optic - They are activated when they are adorned.