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Hillary Mushkin
updated: 01/28/2013
website: www.hillarymushkin.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Radome at Northrop Grumman Space Park Drive Aerospace Headquarters
Baghdad, 1991, from the Incendiary Traces pilot
Los Angeles, 2010, from the Incendiary Traces pilot,
Incendiary Traces outdoor drawing event at Northrop Grumman Space Park Drive Aerospace Headquarters
U.S. Mexico Border Wall at Border Field State Park
Incendiary Traces outdoor drawing event at the U.S. - Mexico border wall at Border Field State Park, San Diego
Incendiary Traces on KCET.org's Artbound
 Untitled (Popsicle Tank), detail
 Untitled (Sundays Will Never Be the Same), detail
Untitled (Sundays Will Never Be the Same), from the series As We Go On
Untitled (Camo Sleep), detail
Untitled (Camo Sleep), detail
As We Go On
The Sleep of Reason
The Sleep of Reason
 
Portfolio Keywords:  political, landscape, fantasy, figurative, social criticism, humor, language
 
 
Radome at Northrop Grumman Space Park Drive Aerospace Headquarters by Hillary Mushkin
Radome at Northrop Grumman Space Park Drive Aerospace Headquarters
watercolor and pencil on paper
2012
9 " x  12 " 
Baghdad, 1991, from the Incendiary Traces pilot by Hillary Mushkin
Baghdad, 1991, from the Incendiary Traces pilot
Watercolor and pencil on vellum
2011
9 " x  12 " 
Los Angeles, 2010, from the Incendiary Traces pilot, by Hillary Mushkin
Los Angeles, 2010, from the Incendiary Traces pilot,
Watercolor and pencil on vellum
2011
9 " x  12 " 
Incendiary Traces outdoor drawing event at Northrop Grumman Space Park Drive Aerospace Headquarters by Hillary Mushkin
Incendiary Traces outdoor drawing event at Northrop Grumman Space Park Drive Aerospace Headquarters
photo documentation
2012
Dimensions variable
U.S. Mexico Border Wall at Border Field State Park by Hillary Mushkin
U.S. Mexico Border Wall at Border Field State Park
watercolor and pencil on paper
2012
10 " x  30 " 
Incendiary Traces outdoor drawing event at the U.S. - Mexico border wall at Border Field State Park, San Diego  by Hillary Mushkin
Incendiary Traces outdoor drawing event at the U.S. - Mexico border wall at Border Field State Park, San Diego
photo documentation
2012
Dimensions variable
Incendiary Traces on KCET.org's Artbound by Hillary Mushkin
Incendiary Traces on KCET.org's Artbound
online publication of collected materials
May 2012-ongoing
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 Untitled (Popsicle Tank), detail by Hillary Mushkin
Untitled (Popsicle Tank), detail
archival inkjet print
2007
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 Untitled (Sundays Will Never Be the Same), detail by Hillary Mushkin
Untitled (Sundays Will Never Be the Same), detail
archival inkjet print
2006
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Untitled (Sundays Will Never Be the Same), from the series As We Go On by Hillary Mushkin
Untitled (Sundays Will Never Be the Same), from the series As We Go On
archival inkjet print
2006
24" x  65" 
Untitled (Camo Sleep), detail by Hillary Mushkin
Untitled (Camo Sleep), detail
archival inkjet print
2007
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Untitled (Camo Sleep), detail by Hillary Mushkin
Untitled (Camo Sleep), detail
archival inkjet print
2007
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As We Go On by Hillary Mushkin
As We Go On
DVD on flat screen
2006
Dimensions variable
The Sleep of Reason by Hillary Mushkin
The Sleep of Reason
still from video projection
2003
Dimensions variable
The Sleep of Reason by Hillary Mushkin
The Sleep of Reason
still from video projection
2003
Dimensions variable

Artist Statement

My work focuses on exploring contemporary and historical intersections of visual culture and socio-political consciousness. It is a hybrid practice that extends drawing to time based, installation, and interactive formats.

My most recent project, Incendiary Traces, focuses on the political nature of representing the Southern California landscape. Conceptually driven and community-generated, it concentrates on landscape as a tool for understanding seemingly remote wars, particularly in similarly subtropical areas where the U.S. is involved, for example, the Middle East, Latin America and North Africa. The multi-year project is devoted to generating dialog and curiosity through creating, researching, collecting and publicly presenting contemporary and historic materials.

To this end, I have been developing a series of site-specific draw-ins and publishing related materials on KCET TV’s online program Artbound. The draw-ins are public events organized around militarized areas in and near Southern California including Northrop Grumman; the U.S./Mexico Border; and 29 Palms Marine Base. The sites are each in some way involved in picturing international conflicts such as developing satellite technologies, embodying national boundaries and simulating distant urban environments to prepare Marines for conflict.

Previous works include As We Go On (2005-8) and The Sleep of Reason (2003) where I compare images and experiences of the U.S. to war zones with drawing, video and animation. The Sleep Of Reason, based on iconic 1991 CNN footage of the U.S. bombing of Iraq, is a looping video projection conflating hand-drawn, digital, and live action images resembling night skies lit by anti-aircraft fire. The increasingly abstract imagery highlights the remote experience of war for most Americans, far from sites of violence. The piece instigated my ongoing focus on landscape as an ideologically charged symbolic field for notions of nationalistic power, wealth, comfort, and security.

Artist Bio / CV
Hillary Mushkin is a visual artist exploring contemporary and historical intersections of visual culture and socio-political consciousness. She works in studio and post-studio forms including drawing, media, and interactive formats. Mushkin frequently collaborates with others from fields including art history, poetry, and architecture. Mushkin's projects have been exhibited at the Freud Museum (London), the Getty Museum (Los Angeles), and White Columns (New York). She has also produced works in alternative contexts including sidewalks, a state park, and the 29 Palms Marine Corps base. 

In addition to her artistic practice, she is Co-Chair and Professor of Digital Media Arts and Design at Orange Coast College and Visiting Professor of Art and Design at California Institute of Technology (Caltech), directing a new art, design, science and engineering collaboration initiative. Mushkin received a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA from U.C. Irvine.