Vachina by Emily Mullin

If you google “vase joke,” this comes up right away:

Two women were sitting and talking on a Friday afternoon. One looked up and saw her husband coming down the street with a bunch of flowers. She rolled her eyes and said, “Here comes the asshole with flowers in his hand. Now he’ll expect me to spend the weekend on my back with my legs in the air.” Her friend replied, “Don’t you have a vase?”


is a California-raised, Brooklyn-based artist. Her show VACHINA features a new series of wall-based, still-life sculptures made with glazed ceramic vessels on painted sheet metal. These works draw upon a vast network of influences: the comical width of Mantua court dresses from the 1700s; the choreography and bizarre depiction of women in Busby Berkeley musicals; the asymmetrical wonkiness of early Cycladic vessels, and multi-handled Egyptian unguent vessels used for storing perfume and cosmetics. Motifs from fashion photography and abstract painting (repeated mark making, line and gesture) have also informed the display and surface of these works. Sitting on shelves (that coincidentally her husband helped design) alluding to the cyclorama– that infinite photographic space that dissolves the line between wall and floor– each vessel becomes a character, proudly posing for the viewer.

Mullin studied painting and sculpture at Mount Holyoke College and Goldsmiths in London. She has been included in group exhibitions at Kate Werble Gallery and Casey Kaplan Gallery in New York.

Photos: Harry Griffin

(June 9th, 2016 – July 27th, 2016)