Johanna Mueller’s Prints in MFA Thesis Exhibition

Posted: January 22, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Johnanna Mueller print
© 2004-2008 Johanna Mueller

As she describes it, student Johanna Mueller imbues her work with “personal mythology,” drawing from “her own narrative, cultural and historical references, pattern and design, and ancient myth and legend.”

“The animals in her work are elevated from beast to mythic status as they take on human emotions and become metaphoric portraits of the artist and others.”

Mueller’s work and vision are currently on display in “Creature Alterations, Myth, & Transformations,” her MFA thesis show featuring prints, artist books, sculpture and large-scale paintings.

The exhibit continues through Jan. 30 in the Fine Arts Gallery, located on the ground floor of the Fine Arts Building in Room B104 on the Fairfax Campus.

A reception will be held on Sunday, Jan. 25, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the gallery.

Helen Frederick, professor of art and visual technology, comments, “Johanna Mueller creates poetic images that represent her reality. Her creatures give us an actualized account while presenting a powerful and amazing mystery. Mueller calls these images mythical, and in their beautifully carved elegant shapes they embrace a spectacle that is unique.”

More of Mueller’s work can be seen on her web site.

The Fine Arts Gallery is open Mondays through Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and by appointment.

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