Robin Mullery infuses tenderness into the abstract images and objects she makes with rough industrial materials such as cement, wire lathe, tar, and solder. Working from her background as a therapist she probes her experience of vulnerability giving shape to what it means to be human: to feel fragile and strong, complete and incomplete, damaged and healed. She draws an analogy between the landscape and the psychic/emotional state of its inhabitants; they’re both surfaces, geomorphic or social, concealing hidden depths.
Inherent in Mullery’s work is an exploration of underlying structures, cracks, and fissures in the coming together of matter. In exposing the substructure and the facticity of materials she deflates the aesthetic illusion of paint as space and atmosphere, exploring the dichotomy of organic and geometric, the real and conceptual. Self taught in visual art with an MFA in Poetry and an MA in Psychology Mullery is unrestricted by traditional modes of artistic expression, instead intuiting her way to form and shape.