16 x 20 inches
Fine-art Giclée print on French cold-press watercolor paper
Signed & numbered
Printed with ♥ by Paragon Press
Limited edition of 30
10 uniquely hand-embellished prints
16 x 20 inches
Acrylic on birch panel
"The amount of plastic that enters the oceans on a daily basis is a staggering statistic. It can seem like an impossible task. I grew up in the coastal south and became all too familiar with what is left in the wake of a people carving an existence in a fragile ecosystem. These plastics are a byproduct of our increasing convenience-based lives.
There is a dark comedy in seeing the ways nature attempts to make use of our carelessness. I made this painting referencing some of the different juxtapositions I've seen on our coastlines. Resourceful shorebirds making homes from the endless debris that washes ashore. While there is something endearing about how nature overcomes and adapts to how we've shaped the world, it also serves as a reminder that our abundant use of plastics reaches farther than we can imagine."
- Chase Mullen -
Mullen's paintings are a contemporary take on southern wildlife and culture, heavily influenced by antique field guides and early scientific illustration. Using a realist painting technique, they draw attention to anatomy and juxtaposition of the environment both organic and man-made. There is an underlying tension of balance through transition. The artist carefully contextualizes natural history to convey underlying themes of nature, culture, and place.