The Woskob Family Gallery is a space for contemporary arts and culture in downtown State College, PA.
Artwork Spotlight: Suburban Sure ‘N Secure & For Luck and Lies by Sidney Mullis
October 23, 2017
Artist Sidney Mullis lives and works in State College, PA and is represented by Galleri Urbane (Dallas, TX). She received her MFA from the Pennsylvania State University in 2016 and is currently the program coordinator of the John M. Anderson Endowed Lecture Series, Penn State’s visiting artist program. Her work combines arts and crafts materials with sexually-charged, adult content to challenge traditional coming-of-age stories and explore contemporary understandings of what it means to be a woman. Rather than work toward a strict definition of “womanhood,” Mullis investigates the mutability of feminine identity.
Suburban Sure ‘N Secure satirizes the presentation of perky suburban family routines. Mullis’ suggestive forms poke out from the wall and expose the superficial stereotype of the perfect suburban woman. Additionally, the viewer is reminded of the “perfect lawn” through Mullis’s use of faux grass, a choice that reflects the pretentious displays and neighborhood rivalries that characterize life on a quiet cul-de-sac.
In For Luck and Lies, Mullis employs the gesture of crossed fingers: a symbol that can be a sentiment of luck or a secret confession of lying when concealed from view. Mullis challenges the duality of the two meanings and asks, “couldn’t I be wishing that you don’t know I’m lying?”
View Suburban Sure ‘N Secure, For Luck and Lies, and other works by Mullis in Skinnydipping through November 4, 2017.
To learn more about Sidney Mullis’ work visit her website: https://www.sidneymullis.com/ and follow her on Instagram @sidohku.