Lucy Mullican “Sensed As Well As Seen”


poster for Lucy Mullican “Sensed As Well As Seen”
[Image: Lucy Mullican "Home" (2021) watercolor on board, 10 x 8 in.]

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Olympia presents Sensed As Well As Seen, Lucy Mullican’s first solo exhibition in New York City. Mullican immerses herself in mediums of permanence and transience in found objects, embroidery, photography, painting and drawings done with natural homemade and artisanal pigments. Her curiosity is rooted in nature: land, water, and sky, from which she abstracts elements that intuitively evolve into familiar shapes, recalling existence and the soul.

Her project is to find one’s place in the world through stories imagined in the personality of objects and our fleeting relationship to them: the vanishing photograph, the color of natural dyes on surfaces that light will take back; the imprint of feet walking the earth washed by water, the time of day on a hillside, the stillness of an empty house—histories that constantly connect us to the world, the continuum of the past, present and future, the balance of fragility, spirit and strength.

January 22 2022

What am I looking at

When I am walking the ground where others leave their mark

The soul of the foot

Our individual print

Is left behind

Cemented in the city forever

Who are they

I will not see them

I am to where they have walked

I see a single shoe

Where is its pair

How did they lose each other

They are ghosts

Lying on the ground

Far from the soul and spirit

That housed them

Make a painting on slate

Roof tiles

Protecting the inside from the outside

They are from the ground

Getting closer to the sky

A relic

I see how each one has a presence

Their own personality

Using minerals

Natural things we pass by but cant see

Colors from the earth

That will not last

Paint the sky





These living images

That light will take back

Fade away

Are they part of an island

A place where we all go

We are all on our own island

That connects us

Through the water

It is getting smaller and smaller

- Lucy Mullican

Lucy Mullican (b. 1994) lives and works in New York. She received her BFA from the Glasgow School of Art in 2019. Since 2014, Mullican has participated in several group exhibitions in New York, Glasgow and Edinburgh, notably the two-person exhibition, RiverRun at Richard Demarco Archive in Edinburgh, Scotland July, 2019, and Social Photography, at Carriage Trade, New York, August, 2021. She also participated in the artist residency program at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna, Florida in May 2021. Sensed As Well As Seen at Olympia is Mullican’s first solo exhibition in New York City.



from March 31, 2022 to May 21, 2022

Opening Reception on 2022-03-31 from 18:00 to 20:00


Lucy Mullican

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