Raquel Mullins: Wondergarten [Photoblog]

Chicago, IL

"I’m a multi-disciplinary artist working between painting and installation, constructing magical spaces which transport to fantasy and wonder. I’m interested in the ways we encounter wonder in everyday life (in quotidian) and the power that imagination has to remedy feelings of instability. I create paintings, fantasy installations, and magical spaces such as gardens, watery scenes, and habitats. The facilitation of play is crucial in my process and in the finished work.

I often work in relation to a collection of photographs that inspire and mystify me: a photo of a blue morpho butterfly wing under a microscope, layering scales of pigment; a dragonfly wing magnified to emphasize nature’s delicate architecture, agitated water ripple patterns, obfuscated national geographic images, floating and flying figures, microscopic cell shapes, and voronoi patterns in nature. In my imagination, these image compilations are like an alphabet. I think of them as a periodic table of elements that I draw upon in creating my own abstract visual language. Combining these influences allows me to continue an investigation of macro and micro relationships, and opens possibilities for facilitating a state of wonder." -Raquel Mullins (via RaquelMullins.com)




Raquel Mullins Bio & Contact

is a multi-disciplinary artist and art educator based in Chattanooga, TN. My installations, paintings, collage, sculptures, and mixed media works are inspired by natural wonders, fantasy, fairytales, and creative play. I received a BS degree in Art Education from UTC in 2012 and I currently teach pre-k-8th grade art at OLPH School. I will be graduating with an MFA in Studio Art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the summer of 2018