Born in Montreal Canada (1971) Lucy Pullen is an artist based in New York. Her work has been the subject of solo exhibitions, and been included in festivals and exhibitions across Canada and the United States. She holds degrees from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (BFA '94), Tyler School of Art (MFA '01) and held a tenured position in Visual Arts at The University of Victoria. While there, she let a collaborative team to build The Cloud Chamber, a freestanding sculpture, detector, and imager of cosmic rays, on permanent display at in the Dept. of Physics and Astronomy. Currently she teaches 'World Making' at Montclair State University in New Jersey and 'Sculpture 1' at Brooklyn College, City University of New York.






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Pullen studied painting at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, graduating in 1994. Then she turned to sculpture. Her work has a playfulness and directness that opens it up to any viewer. It can be critically linked to conceptualism, and to a NSCAD trend to use unusual materials to make metaphysical points, but it is not necessary to know a secret art language to understand or enjoy it.(1) Her work is marked by conceptual ambition, technical daring, and antic humor.(2) Pullen intentionally shifts her work between the everyday and the esoteric as she pursues projects that give structure to the essential uncertainty and randomness of the universe.(3) Pullen's work is built on paradox.(4) While her work varies dramatically in its’ final form, an analytical orientation can be isolated as a unifying thread throughout her recent work.(5) Product and invention never seem to be the point. Discovery, arising from the process of creation and destruction, does.(6) Preoccupied with changing the points of reference that box art in as art, she calls attention to the artistic potential within everyday experience. Pullen is the anti-thesis of the cynical, know-it-all artist.(7)








1/. Bernard, A., "Great Pairs of Legs Sculptor’s style playful; painter as darker view" The Chronicle-Herald, Halifax: May 9, 1997

2/. Hayes, K., 1:1 Recent Halifax Sculpture, SL Simpson Gallery, Toronto Canada: April 4 - April 30, 1996

3/. Krajweski, S., Lucy Pullen: The Cloud Chamber and Related Works in Marks and Angles, Publication Studios, Portland: 2011

4/. Jenkner, I., Somewhere Along The Line, Mount St. Vincent Art Gallery, Halifax: 2009

5/. Laurin, G., St. Mary’s University Art Gallery, Halifax, Canada: April 9 – May 18, 1997

6/. Dault, J., All that Remains is Light’ National Post, Toronto: May 20, 2004

7/. Antliff, A., ‘Everyday in Art and Life’ Vol. 21 No.4, Canadian Art, Toronto: 2004



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