Urban Forest: Colleen Mullins
December 8 – December 31, 2019
This work traces a decade-long examination of the urban forest of New Orleans. Forever altered by a 70% canopy loss after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the trees of New Orleans also suffered unbelievable indignities at the hands of man. Mullins’ work points to the strange relationship we have with nature as urban dwellers. She examines a cultural belief that if it is an Eden we planted, we have eminent domain over the territory it occupies with the lush, universally-known urban forest of New Orleans her subject.
The exhibition is perfectly paired with its location along the innovative Lafitte Greenway, the sweeping human-scales bike and walk trail that connects the French Quarter to City Park, constructed with extraordinary public art, innovative water management, and beautiful bioswales.
Colleen Mullins a photographer and book artist. She has garnered numerous grants and fellowships, including two McKnight Fellowships, and four Minnesota State Arts Board Grants. Additionally, she has been an artist in residence at the Vermont Studio Center, the Penland School of Crafts Winter Residency, and In Cahoots Residency. Mullins’ work is in the collections of the US Embassy in Moscow, Ogden Museum of Southern Art and Southeast Museum of Photography, among others. Her publications include Photo District News (PDN), The Oxford American Eyes on the South, The New York Times Lens Blog, and numerous textbooks. She has authored articles for Afterimage and PDNedu.
She lives and works in San Francisco.
Image: Colleen Mullins – Untitled 12-06-06-16 Cartier Ave