Kym Mullen


40 × 40 cm
I have painted this Gorge on Minjerribah/North Stradbroke Island many times but this day I approached it from a path I hadn’t taken before through dunes of coastal grasses.

In 2017 Kym Mullen exchanged her metalsmithing tools for paint and began exploring ways to describe the moments she experienced in the landscape. A child of two teachers her school holidays were spent roaming bush, beach or both with her five siblings on camping trips to often remote places. Now as she walks in these environments she is also considering her relationship to the place as a visitor on the lands of First Nations Peoples and the responsibility she feels to help preserve these wild places .

Primarily a self taught painter she likes to work quickly so is drawn to water based mediums for the ease at which she can move them across the page and make instinctive marks but also works in oils. She has been a finalist in the Lethbridge and Milburn art prizes and most recently in the National Emerging Art Prize.

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