Artists-in-Residence (AIR) Program Summer 2019 Lucy Puls

Joan Mitchell Center Artist-in-Residence

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Lucy Puls

Berkeley, CA
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Lucy Puls works with images and objects to explore our uniquely human relationship to material possessions. Puls received an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design and a BS in Art from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She is currently a Professor of Art at the University of California, Davis. She has completed residencies at Yaddo, MacDowell Colony, Pilchuck, and the Kala Art Institute. Puls was awarded a Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grant in 2017. She has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally and is represented by Schmidt and Schütte of Cologne, Germany. Her work is in many private and public collections in California, including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Oakland Museum, The Berkeley Art Museum, the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, The Crocker Art Museum, the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art, the di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art, as well as the Honolulu Museum of Art in Honolulu and the Jewish Museum in New York, among others.


“I am interested in capitalism’s effect on the soul. How does relentless consumerism sway us? How can we know who we really are given the competition for our mind-space and pocketbook? Homing in on unwanted, used consumer items, my work varies in material, size, and format. I use images of residential interiors as a sculptural material.”


  • Delapsus (Family Room with Missing Tile), 2017, pigment ink on paper, 109 x 84 inches, installed approx. 98 x 65 x 12 inches

  • Delapsus (Between Kitchen and Dining), 2017, pigment ink on paper, 130 x 84 inches, installed approx. 108 x 62 x 36 inches

  • Delapsus (Between Bath and Hall), 2017, pigment ink on paper, thread, paper spheres, 118 x 84 x 19 inches

  • Delapsus (Vinyl Floor w/ Blue Wall), 2017, pigment ink on paper, cement, iron powder, 124 x 60 x 60 inches

All works are copyright of the artist or artist’s estate.