Ahavani Mullen is a visual artist who works in a variety of media, including encaustic, and constructs paintings, images and 2.5-dimensional works that have evolved from silence. Rooted in a contemplative journey that spans over two decades, her work navigates a space between the seen and the unseen, and serves as a record of the intangible. Ahavani is honored by having received awards from James Rondeau, Director of the Art Institute of Chicago, as well as grants from 3Arts, the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, and the Illinois Arts Council. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and museums nationally and internationally, and is held in numerous private and corporate collections. She is represented by Circa Gallery in Minneapolis and Chicago Art Source Gallery. She balances her full time studio practice with teaching. Born in Minneapolis, MN, she received a B.A. from Macalester College in St. Paul, MN in 1996. Ahavani is currently based in Chicago.
My works have evolved from silence. The most essential element in art making for me lies in the process itself, in cultivating stillness and reverence while working. It is intuitive and spontaneous, exploring the fruitful periods and the droughts of spiritual experience, the natural cycles of creation, preservation and transformation. The finished works of art are a relatively permanent record of these moments, a snapshot of the intangible placed inside a physical object. They navigate and define an intermediate space between the outer and the inner, the seen and the unseen. These images wish to serve as a vehicle for a moment of contemplation, a fleeting breath beyond the earthly. When I remember times throughout my life in which I’ve had the most profound interactions with works of art, they are experiences ripe with a playful, light quality. With these works, I wish to recreate the fragrance of those moments.