It began in State College, Pennsylvania, during the spring of 1991. A child was born, named after a dog and set loose on the world. Upon graduating from the University of New Orleans in 2013, Samantha Jane Mullen took to burning things and the creative beast inside her freaked out. After 11 years living in New Orleans, Samantha Jane moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico where she shifted from the medium of pyrography to sculpting full time. Samantha is a self-taught artist whose work explores elements of the natural world recombined in unlikely situations. For her current body of work, she employs traditional craft techniques of paper mache with sculpted and painted air-dry clay.
"For me, the act of creation is survival and joy. My work is rooted in researching and understanding the behaviors and anatomy of the creatures we share our world with. Each new piece presents a challenge to learn something new and render a visual translation of emotion and instinct. Life is weird. Brains are confusing. Art helps."