Cat Mueller’s practice bounces between vibrant acrylic paintings, dense fluorescent paint-marker drawings, craft and installation using plastic dollar store items. Her high-key work investigates intense colour relationships and optical effects in order to create visual movement and an energetic viewing experience. Mueller’s large-scale acrylic paintings were developed through additive craft processes and meditative drawing techniques. Her aesthetic is informed by an interest in online culture, childhood playfulness, 1990s kitsch, femininity, psychedelia, cult craft crazes and natural phenomena from microbes to sunsets.
During her residency at Canberra Contemporary Art Space she will continue to expand upon her repetitive painting technique and systems of modulating colour to activate pictorial space. An increase in scale will give a more physical reading of the optical devices operating within her paintings and surround the viewer’s peripheral vision. Her new work will look at the subtleties of colour shifts and soft alterations in a pattern of colours, or ‘systematic gradients’, mixing new colours within the eye as did the Pointillists.