Exhibitions Colleen Mullins
October 11 - November 8, 2023 Project Space Studio
- It Had to Be U. © Colleen Mullins. Courtesy of the artist.
Project Space Residency
Open Studio: October 26, 6pm
For thirty years, Colleen Mullins’s work has lived at the intersection of the book and photograph, and has been concerned with subjects ranging from urban forest management to the monument removal movement. She has received four MSAB Grants, two McKnight Fellowships, and a Women’s Studio Workshop Production Grant. Her work is in numerous collections, including Ogden Museum, MFA Houston, University of Arizona, Southeast Museum of Photography and the US Embassy in Moscow. Mullins’s residencies include Vermont Studio Center and Penland School of Craft Winter Residency. Her 2021 artist book with the Rolls and Tubes Collective sold-out in 18 hours.
I have been a photographer and book artist for 30+ years. My work is generally centered on a topical subject, interspersed with a pearl of incongruity, and an overactive interest in pawing through archives. I have looked at the monument removal movement from the perspective of a town confused about the record of the president depicted, a famous hurricane from the perspective of street trees damaged at the hands of man, and the history of photography, from a feminist perspective, utilizing toilet paper as a compositional tool. The resulting artist book and exhibition always bends in form to the will of the subject matter. My current work centers around mail my mother received in different times of life and the potential for found history in the lost form of letter writing.
VSW Project Space Residencies are supported by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the New York State Legislature, Monroe County, and Joy of Giving Something. Photography artists participating in the program receive support from the Phillip and Edith Leonian Foundation.
- Colleen Mullins' main objective for her Project Space residency was to make a book about her mother. A potential layout is shown taped on the wall.
- The theme of the red ribbon and a strand of rna worked its way into the imagery of Colleen's book.
- Colleen developed her concepts and content through layered experiments of image-making.
- Colleen's book advanced and took form over her residency, developing in directions she hadn't anticipated.