Matthew Mullins’s interest in the connections between people and nature has resulted in a body of work that encompasses paintings, photographs and sculptures.
A selection of pieces representing several sub-bodies of work within one main body of work are on display in his show “The Sun in our Bones,” which opens on September 28 at form & concept.
While there are many paintings in the show, Mullins is also exhibiting photos with long pinhole exposure from four days to eight months.
Mullins’s sculptures have grown out of his paintings. “I was painting tree silhouettes with paint made out of minerals when I asked myself what it would be like if the trees were covered in graphite,” he explains. “So I gathered charred chunks of wood (including root balls) from the Jemez Mountains outside Los Alamos and played around with them.”
Using wire brushes, Mullins removed the fire-produced char from the wood to reveal the surface underneath. He began covering the entire exposed surface of the wood with graphite. “It was such an interesting transformation,” he adds.
An award-winning professional artist who moved to Santa Fe in 2011, Mullins has been working on the pieces in “The Sun in our Bodies” for the past two years.
“My work draws upon my fascination with visual perception and the forces of nature,” he says. “By integrating human-made constructs with natural environments, I’m composing a relationship that is often deconstructed or forgotten in today’s society.
“Through the unification of these two elements, my paintings reflect a harmonious connection between the individual and the whole, between the micro and the macro. This imagery can take us out of our earthly view and shift our individual focus to a larger glimpse of the web in which we are all connected.”