Bridget Mullen makes flat acrylic paintings, working both quickly with spray paint and slowly with brushes, to create repeating shapes and cartoonish figures. Mullen paints free-associatively, combining color gradation and flatness to depict bulbous forms in disjointed layers. Her use of repetition signifies a non-linear, distortion of time akin to the dream-like, subjective quality of memory. Her work employs non-linear narratives that oscillate between dissonance and melody to reject pictorial space and conventional narrative in favor of a place for ideas, creating room for reflections on the nature of perception, time, and the tension between feelings and language within visual experiences.
Born 1976, Winona, MN
2017 Jan van Eyck Academy, Maastricht, Netherlands
2016 Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME
2006 MFA Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA
1999 BAE Drake University, Des Moines, IA