Preservation of Forgetting
September 9 - October 7, 2017
Opening Reception in Dallas: September 8th, 6 - 8 p.m.
Preservation of Forgetting, a new body of work by artist Sidney Mullis, will make its debut this fall at Galleri Urbane in Mullis’s first solo show with the gallery. The work stems from the artist’s want to let go of topics that preoccupy her mind and artwork: gender, sexuality, desire, and intimacy.
While these topics are often under scrutiny, it is still unclear what they really are; they operate on fluid spectrums of ever-expanding lexicons. Preservation of Forgetting celebrates this inclusivity and the intrigue amongst instability, resulting in Mullis’s most intimate sculptural works to date. Employing found objects, the artist uses papermache to rub each corner and crevasse as a means to get to know the articles as entities. The timely process of gluing small pieces of paper blends previous history with her own touch. Despite desiring that this process would coerce forgetting by
preserving the already forgotten, Mullis intimately preserves and protects these forms - and, in doing so, generates new skins.
Sidney Mullis achieved her MFA at Pennsylvania State University in 2016 after attending the University of Mary Washington for her bachelor’s degree. In the past year, Mullis has exhibited with galleries nationwide including Trestle Gallery (New York), Zoller Gallery (Pennsylvania), Woman Made Gallery (Chicago), and Medici Gallery (Nebraska) amongst others. She was recently awarded best-in-show for her piece Sleepover at the Three Rivers Arts Festival at Trust Arts Education Center in Pittsburgh,
juried by Lee Parker, John Pena, and Lenore Thomas. Mullis has also completed residencies at Borland Project Space (Pennsylvania) and Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (Massachusetts). She currently lives and works in State College, Pennsylvania.