Topography: Mixed-Media Works by Robin Mullery

  • Presented By: Peninsula Museum of Art
  • Dates: January 30, 2019 - April 6, 2019
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Location: Peninsula Museum of Art
  • Address: 1777 California Drive
  • Burlingame, CA 94010

Robin Mullery’s Topography series explores the arrangement of both natural and artificial landscapes, its irregularly cracked and troweled surfaces in earth-palette hues suggesting plains, plateaus, and fissures.  Her approximately ten large square mixed-media works on canvas are made from mortar, wire, mesh, paper and roofer’s cement applied to stretched canvas.  The pieces expose the framework-- basin and range, or latitude and longitude-- beneath, and underlying 'reality.'  Mullery’s plots of terrain are also beautiful metaphors of cracked and crumbling earth in potential movement-- a theme of obvious resonance for Bay Area residents.

She also expresses a connection between a landscape and the emotional state of its inhabitants.  Working from her background as a therapist, she probes what it means to be human: to feel fragile and strong, complete and incomplete, damaged and healed. She represents the psyche in tactile, layered textures, inviting a multi-sensory view that feels both deeply familiar and new.