Primal Reaction. 2017
I am fascinated in how the language of art can create a bridge between the past and present. How composition can come together to create an aesthetic distinctiveness. My interests lie with the interrelationship and engagement between the materiality and structure of objects, looking upon shape as an embodiment of process and material. It is interesting How simply insignificant objects can come together to create a juxtaposition, sparking new relationships between two or more constructions.
I am further absorbed by the reactive nature of process and how it creates a two-way conversation between artist and material. How the relationship of matter, texture and surface complement form and how the act of making through process creates meaning and significance.
I am currently exploring and creating art from my subconscious instinct, a raw urge to withdraw oneself from mind to physical rendition and rendition to form. My approach is empirical in nature and draws on my experiences and observations, this is where I create and respond to material intuitively. For myself objects have individual presence, yet when they exist collectively dialogue can become more complex which in turn extends narrative.
Small Worlds. 2018
Opposed to a direct evocation to form and texture, my work could be described as ambiguous, almost fictitious in its contrived representation of geological landforms. Rooted in glaze experimentation and manipulation my work is ingrained in material sensibility and utopic romanticisms; perhaps delusions of the ‘perfect’ glazed specimen. The peculiarity, beauty, and elegance of the work or otherworldy objects lie in the viewer’s subjective elucidations and assumptions of what these objects may be or illustrate.
The process itself is a rigorous battle to achieve material textures that represent my immaterial and material memories. These memories conjure themselves as animated representations of volcanos and meteorites juxtaposed against sensuous experiences exploring my dads building sites, growing up near the woods and the objects that dominate both those spaces. As memory itself is a consistent recollection of past experiences, what we know of the past can never be true and thus like Chinese whispers, these material representations become distorted in their configuration.
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Born 1994 in Gloucestershire, England Nathan Mullis is a practising ceramic and printmaking artist working, and living in Cardiff, Wales. Nathan completed his undergraduate in fine art and a Masters degree within ceramics at Cardiff School of art and design from 2013-2017. During and after Nathans master degree he began to really craft his concepts and thoughts exploring the genre of fantasy and the role it plays to its audience. Fantasy provides the audience the opportunity to explore unknown, weird and wonderful environments benevolent to the one we inhabit. Fantasy in a sense is an escapism and the value of said escapism is that it provides a platform that extends beyond our reality, of which in turn allows us to reflect and look at our own authenticity and worlds realism better.