Kanzler and Mulligan: New Work

Jenny Kanzler and Catherine Mulligan's work draws on memories of childhood fear and uncertainty

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  • Catherine Mulligan, <em>Highway Furniture Store</em>, 2013, oil on paper, 11 x 14 1/2 in.

    Catherine Mulligan, Highway Furniture Store, 2013, oil on paper, 11 x 14 1/2 in.

  • Catherine Mulligan, <em>Still Life with Egg, Hand Soap and Birthday Candles</em>, 2014, oil on mylar, 20 x 11 in.

    Catherine Mulligan, Still Life with Egg, Hand Soap and Birthday Candles, 2014, oil on mylar, 20 x 11 in.

The exhibition focuses on the work of Jenny Kanzler (MFA ’05) and Catherine Mulligan (Cert. ’09), who draw on real and unreal memories and the fears and uncertainties of childhood.

Jenny Kanzler's world can be seen through the lens of her childhood memories and her preoccupation with real and imagined experiences. Kanzler creates a dialogue through her depictions of conflicts between her characters. Often tragic and comic at the same time, Kanzler’s works are rife with anxious overtones but are painted with delicacy and sensitivity. Kanzler lives and works in Virginia.

Catherine Mulligan delves into the meaning of her intentions in each painting not by overanalyzing her subjects but by exploring through paint where her feelings lead her. Her work is visceral and highly charged with ambiguity, creating mystery around the most commonplace objects. Mulligan is the recipient of many awards and is featured in the Woodmere Art Museum’s permanent collection.

For more information about the Alumni Gallery, contact Tish Ingersoll at tingersoll@pafa.org or 215-391-4187