Flotsam Fixation sculptural work implements non-valuable hierarchy objects and repurposed components from all sorts of tools and items once owned by my parents and other people. These components encase in driftwood and mix with other unrelated components to evoke some inquisitiveness about users and usage. The combinations infuse past amongst present situated within the cross-cultural perspective lens, which strangely defines our countries.  The majority of these sculptural works situate upon a wall, with some others supported within plinths.



My mother’s lineage spawned from British Isles, my father’s from around the Baltic Sea.  Many of Canada’s and United States ancestors originated beyond.  Ancestors set off within a wave of emigration triggered by economic hardships, evictions and religious persecutions for a new life across the ocean.  They drifted into our countries through a current of air or water, with desire for land. Over years they aligned within the cultural mish-mash of Canadians and Americans through a gradual shift in attitude, opinion, or position. Our descendent curiosity of ancestral past, within our present, remains unclear and we subsequently observe our heritage abstractly. Our knowledge limits, derived solely from tales and objects of the past; stories, tools, machinery, household items and attire; once used to smooth life. 









EDUCATION 

1993-95

UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY, MFA

Studio work: three-Dimensional multi-media constructions and installations.

1984-85

UNIVERSITY OF IDAHO. MA (Fine Arts)

Emphasis on painting, drawing, three-dimensional constructions and collage in

Studio.  Thesis topic – “The Validity of Performance Art in the Eighties.”

1982-84

UNIVERSITY OF IDAHO. BFA

Graduated cum laude from a program emphasizing gallery management, history,

graphic arts, performance art, with a focus on painting.  Secondarily involved in Dance program focusing on dance composition, modern, jazz, and ballet technique

classes.  Three-year affiliation with performing dance group.

1980-82

DAVID THOMPSON UNIVERSITY CENTRE

A general University education narrowing into a fine arts specialization

SELECTED – AWARDS/RESIDENCIES

ARNA, THE SPACES BETWEEN - art residency, Sweden

SCOTTISH SCULPTURE WORKSHOP - art residency

THE BANFF CENTRE ‘ALMOST PERFECT’– BNMI residency

THE BANFF CENTRE ‘IMAGINARY PLACES’ –thematic  residency

CANADA COUNCIL EXPLORATIONS PROGRAM -- Grant

VISUAL ARTS BRANCH, ALBERTA CULTURE -- Grant

PHI KAPPA PHI HONOUR SOCIETY -- scholastic achievement

MARY KIRKWOOD SCHOLARSHIP -- Artistic achievement

JURIES CHOICE AWARD -- 1984 Undergraduate Exhibition

HELEN PITT AWARD -- Artistic Achievement

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS City of St. Albert Collection, Prairie Art Gallery Collection, Alberta

Foundation Collection, University of Calgary Faculty Business Collection, Burnaby Art Gallery Collection. 









Since initial graduation (BFA, MA University of Idaho) the ‘reluctant nomad’, Tiki Mulvihill, continually alternated between rural and urban communities throughout British Columbia and Alberta. Constant transience activated her art-making strategies requiring commitment, ingenuity and a strong dose of self-motivation towards site-spawned installations, which generated ongoing discourse regarding the supposed truths we humans construct in our conflicted relationships with place. 




Over the years, regional activities also extended her role as an artist. Diverse employment as an instructor of art and dance; curating; along with coordination of educational art programs and art collections provided impetus for experimentation in multi-disciplinary, collaborative and community work. Her completion of MFA (University of Calgary) furthered her goal of varied connections through art.  




Currently working out of a studio in North Vancouver, Mulvihill creates larger multi-media installations and sculptures while engaging in a number of collaborative and community-based activities







BIBLIOGRAPHY:




Laffan, Andy, ed, 'The State of Art: Installation and Site Specific #2'.  Barehill Publishing,  Worcestershire, UK, 2015.

Laffan, Andy, ed, 'The State of Art: Installation and Site Specific #1'.  Barehill Publishing,  Worcestershire, UK, 2014.

Fremann III, Ray C. and David Francis, Rootbound: Heaven and Earth IV Catalogue. CoCA: Center on Contemporary Arts. August 2012

Seattle Arts Picks, “Rootbound:  Heaven and Earth IV (COCA at Carkeek Park, The Stranger.com. June 24, 2012. Volume 21, No.42. Web

Graves, Jen, “Art Eating Park:  Dream Catchers Are not Going to Cut it.”  Visual Art.The Stranger.com July 10, 2012. Volume 21, No. 44. Web.

Jervis, Carolyn, “Apocalypse Now:  Harcourt House’s exhibitions explore destruction and change.”  Vue Weekly.com. Sep 28, 2011 Issue #832 Web.

Basha, Regine, An Exchange with Sol Lewitt. Cabinet Books and Mass MoCA, New York. 2011.

Curious, “ Curious in the Eastern Region:  Documenta, Kings Lynn, UK. 28-30 June.”  Curious @ Placelessness.com. June 2010. Web

Bouchard, Gilbert, “A Quirky Look at Urban Spaces.”

The Globe and Mail, 27 May.2002: R3.

Carson, Chris, Tiki Mulvihill:  Stories, Lies and Other Tall Tales. Prairie Gallery, 1990.





SELECTED – RECENT EXHIBITIONS


Aug 2018

LANDLOCKED? (installation), and FLOTSAM FIXATION, (sculptures), Amelia Douglas Gallery, New Westminster, BC

July 2018

ANCESTRAL DRIFT, (installation), Station House Gallery, Williams Lake, BC

April 2018

ROSEATE PEEP, (sculpture), Musa International, Madrid, Spain

Feb 2018

TALL WALL DRIFT, (sculptures), Parallax Art Fair, London England

Feb 2018

July 2018

DRIFTWOOD EMBEDMENT, (sculptures), Amsterdam Whitney, New York USA

July 2017

LANDLOCKED? (installation), Grand Forks Art Gallery, Grand Forks, BC

July 2017

ANCESTRAL DRIFT in BRANCH REFINEMENT (installation), Cityscape Community, Art Space North Vancouver, BC

April 2017

WALL DRIFTS, (sculptures), World Wide Art-Artavita,  New York

March 2017

VIBRANT DRIFT (sculptures),  Biennale D’Arte, Peschiera Del Garda, Italy

March 2017

TAPER TOUCH, GRISWOLD, FLY!, VESTIGE VIGOR, ADRIFT (sculptures), Metropolitan Gallery and art Museum, Las Vegas

October 2016

SANDGREN, THE SPACE BETWEEN, site-specific installation, ARNA, Harlosa, Sweden


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