Sculpture

Between Mountains and Molehills:

The sculptures I make, an alternative activity to the installations, are smaller in scale.  This work partially shares philosophy with traditional landscapes.  These portable sculptures capture essences from the rural countryside, package easily for transport and encourage perusal at a later date (preferably whilst comfortably indoors away from those pesky mosquitoes and the howling wind). They assume, however, a more tongue-in-cheek approach to capturing and displacing slices of rural Canadiana than their painted counterparts.  They are transients on the lam from place of origin.  Some are equipped with wheels, rockers, leashes, reigns and other such devices. They are hybrid beasts that inhabit that gap between the natural world and its exploitive master, humanity.  They intersect nature and culture. This motley selection of fugitives from the changing face of the Canadian landscape combine cast, found and constructed elements.  They imply narratives while relying on viewer interaction for activation and completion whilst discussing the more serious theme of vulnerability in the face of often overwhelming and sometimes destructive forces of natural and human design.

Everyman’s Toolbelt, 2004, plaster, bronze, wood, found objects

Evidence of Passage, 2002, wood, wheat, leather, found objects

Portable Prairie, 2003, wood, leather, wheat, oil paint, hardware

Portable Prairie Redux, 2005, wood, wheat, oil paint, hardware

Gentleman Farmer, 2005, linen, grass seeds,

cast rubber, cast epoxy resin

Tiki Mulvihill, Jean and Her Brother:  After Lunghwa, 2009, cast resin, hardware, found objects


These six sculptures were constructed from debris found on the side of the road when I cycled and hiked within the Lumsden area of Scotland during a residency in May, 2014 at the Scottish Sculpture Workshop.

Tiki Mulvihill, Conked, 2014

Tiki Mulvihill, Woody, 2014

Tiki Mulvihill, Ear-stone, 2014

Tiki Mulvihill, Back-bone, 2014

Tiki Mulvihill, Learner, 2014

Tiki Mulvihill, Heather, 2014