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STATEMENT | Invested in the alienated parts of myself, I have leaned into trusting the direction my work takes. Often with a humorous and vengeful spirit, I implore an adamancy of intentional conviction. The result not only addresses the viewers but myself as well. They offer moments of recovery to gain the power needed to armor oneself with psychological and spiritual aptitude. Spending numerous hours locating how to address “what would I do if there were no repercussions for my actions?”I am interested in all the ways I can liberate my thinking so that my imagination aligns with my critical ability to negotiate when to land a blow and rumble bellies with laughter. This toggle back and forth is considered under a bright light of scrutiny. Discussions on agency circulate much of my work because so much is policed. On the canvas, the policing stops, and I become the maker of my world, and this is what I am aggressively interested in to place, to apply, and to visualize worlds that exist theoretically– expounding upon them in the physical world through discussions, paintings, writings, videos, and other mediums that prove themselves necessary to articulate, “I control the plot here” as an act of rebellion in sterile temples of whiteness as a base. I often think to myself, “What if the base is me?” Trust offers reliability. Reliability anchors itself with the confidence to know it will get done and can get done. I challenge my reliability by surrendering to my impulses coupled with research, to expose vulnerably my agency– becoming who I need to evolve to get the message out: “come on nigga, you can do it.” I must change the world within myself as an acting vessel for change, not as kumbaya, but as seizing by any means necessary, “ a proportionate share of the power vested and collected in the structure of America.” In Defense of Self Defense by Huey P Newton, he goes on to express, “unarmed people are slaves or are subject to slavery at any given moment.” This rising theme is to rid my ideas of Western thought by causing mayhem in pursuit of Black peace.
About the Artist
Mullen is the recipient of numerous scholarships. Namely, The Duff Family Scholarship, Otis Presidential Scholarship, MAF LA Young Creatives Grant,The Group Scholarship, and Alan Cheung Memorial Scholarship. In 2019, Mullen curated her first solo exhibition at Stay Gallery in Downey, California. She then exhibited twice with Innerspace Gallery in Downtown Los Angeles. Her work is a part of private collections in Boston, Massachusetts, New York, New York, and Dallas, Texas. In November 2019, Post & Beam invited her to exhibit six unique works to represent a cultural perspective of Los Angeles. In 2021, Mullen showcased works with SoLA Contemporary Art Museum for their virtual pandemic fundraiser. Her short film, This New Mix Called, " ", premiered at Thuh Film Festival's first annual film festival in Long Beach, CA. Her work has appeared on Bel-Air, Season 1, Episode 6, and in the film, Roux's Blues. Recently, Superchief Gallery and Tlaloc Studio collaborated and invited Mullen to participate in their group show, Demasiado. SUNI MULLEN’s writing has appeared on the cover of CR Fashion Book for Telfar and multiple blog posts for BLAK KANVAS Studio. She is the author of Residency Documents, a series of downloadable PDFs for artists to canon themselves from a stronger foundation. She has completed a year as a mentor and as a writing tutor at Otis College of Art and Design, lending her services to curating exhibitions, reading comprehension, and allocating time to answer questions about the university experience. Previously, Mullen wrote, edited, and reformatted biographies and CVs for national and international artists as an intern at Gavlak Gallery. Mullen maintained artists' files and invested time in extensive research at OCHI. Continuing through the Fall, she will use her collaborative skills to sustain new relationships with her cohort inviting diverse minds on her podcast, HIGH CHROMA hosting critical conversations and providing a space for questions from open minds. Mullen will be studying to earn her Master’s Degree through Spring 2024 in Contemporary Art Practices.
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