Bend

Sculpture

Graphite on Wood: Collaborating with Earth, Sun and Wind

Several of Mullins’ paintings are made with natural pigments including graphite, slate, mica, nickel and chromium to cultivate a direct connection with the natural world. As the artist was painting trees and other landscapes with graphite, it occurred to him that these natural shapes could be similarly embodied in three-dimensional form. The idea clicked during a hike on Atalaya Summit in Santa Fe where Mullins took a small piece of natural wood home with him and began to experiment. Through a labor-intensive and transformative process Mullins imbues graphite into the surface of the wood, which burnishes away superficial layers of loose dirt and fibers. This gritty, physical endeavor distills the wood down to its most elemental form, drawing attention to every textural detail that has grown over time or been shaped by natural elements such as fire, water and wind. Our reaction is similar to the felt experience in front of Mullins’ paintings; we first encounter the artist’s hand and evidence of human consciousness, which causes us to reengage with the piece and examine every illuminated detail of its natural form.

Bend

Bend

Graphite on Found Wood

12" x 16" x 5"

 

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Bridge

Bridge

Graphite on Found Wood

7" x 18" x 6"

Tripod

Tripod

Graphite on Found Wood

6" x 12" x 4"

Wing

Wing

Graphite on Found Wood

4" x 10" x 4"

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Fibonacci

Fibonacci

Graphite on Found Wood

46" x 18" x 12"

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