Koplin Del Rio is pleased to introduce an exhibition including artwork by three artists, each with a distinct vision and process to describe their individual “milieu.” Whether it be based on memory, direct observation or reactionary interpretation, each comprehensive grouping of work immerses and transports the viewer to different cities, time periods and atmospheres.
Michelle Muldrow’s new body of work “In Defense of Home” explores the search for personal narrative derived from the experiences of growing up on military bases throughout the United States. Muldrow hunts and gathers found photographs, personal family albums, maps, and internet searches, circling around classified sites, blocked street views, decommissioned locations creating taxonomic structures of images. Memory and the gathered information become paintings that are organized into conceptual systems to better understand her experience of “home”.
In the experimentation of exploring what defines “home”, Muldrow paints images sourced from Google maps, notating the longitude/latitude and intersections that lead to one of her childhood homes on Edwards Air Force Base (AFB) in the desert of Southern California.
Each map in the digital world bounces back onto surrounding roads around the military black-out zone. Mapping to find “home,” this truncated search reveals that the awareness of space becomes wholly dependant on the knowledge of the relationships in the space.
Muldrow then searches for her narrative in literal imagery. Using representations of military bases and the banal juxtapositions of on-base parks, military jets as monuments, churches, watchtowers, white picket fences and security fences, Muldrow examines how each piece fits into a planned model of American community within a military environment, an environment completely controlled by the government. Muldrow explores how visual imagery can express these ideas using representational images, patterns, and military iconography: juxtaposing symbols of comfort with symbols of security.
After many years spent in the Bay Area, Michelle Muldrow now resides in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. She earned a BFA from the University of Minnesota. In 2004 she completed a summer residency program at Cooper Union in New York City. Muldrow was awarded the Creative Workforce Fellowship Grant in 2009. She has shown widely in the United States with work in a number of prestigious private and public collections including the Microsoft Corporate Art Collection, California Cryobank Art Collection, Indy Mack Bank Corporate Art Collection and the Cleveland Clinic Art Collection.
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