Ellen Mueller has exhibited nationally and internationally as an interdisciplinary artist exploring issues related to the environment, hyperactive news media and corporate management systems. She creates experiences that engage with social and political issues through a variety of media.
Recent exhibitions include Americana at The Soap Factory in Minneapolis MN, Currents New Media Festival in Santa Fe NM, and Direct Object/Direct Action at Threewalls, Chicago IL. Artist residencies include Ucross Foundation, Santa Fe Art Institute, Nes Artist Residency in Iceland, Virginia Center for Creative Art where she was a Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Creative Fellow, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, Ox-Bow, Coast Time, Signal Culture, Playa Fellowship Artist Residency, for which she received a West Virginia Division of Culture and History Travel Grant, and Künstlerhaus Lukas (Germany, May 2017).
Mueller was raised in Fargo, ND and currently lives and works in Buckhannon WV as an Assistant Professor of Art at West Virginia Wesleyan College. She received her MFA in Studio Art from University of South Florida. She completed a BA in Theatre and Art, and a BS in Design Technology from Bemidji State University. Additionally, she has obtained performance training at Dell’Arte International and the Brave New Institute (now known as the Brave New Workshop Student Union). Mueller has published a foundational art textbook with Oxford University Press entitled Elements and Principles of 4D Art and Design (February 2016).
I am an interdisciplinary artist exploring issues related to the environment, hyperactive news media, and corporate management systems. Within my work I strive to create experiences that engage the cultural conscience of the audience, while addressing social and political issues through video, performance, and installation. Both visually and conceptually, I am interested in contrast, especially as it relates to contemporary anxieties and ideals. Through specific compositional choices, subjects are dissociated from their original meaning, and the systems in which they normally function are exposed. My work is inspired by a number of events and phenomena at once, and often hinges on a bizarre juxtaposition of two or more seemingly unrelated influences. Through this work, I challenge the binaries humans continually construct, and hope to disrupt seemingly infinite cycles.