Hillary Mushkin
Hillary Mushkin

Hillary Mushkin is a visual artist exploring contemporary and historical intersections of art, visual culture, social and political consciousness. She works in studio and post-studio forms including drawing, media, and interactive formats. Mushkin frequently collaborates with others from fields including poetry, architecture, and digital media.

Mushkin's projects have been exhibited at the Freud Museum (London), the Getty Museum (Los Angeles), and White Columns (New York), as well as in alternative contexts including sidewalks, parking lots, and a hair salon.  Her current work, Incendiary Traces, is a conceptually driven, community-generated art project that explores the political nature of representing subtropical landscapes like the one she lives in. 

In addition to her artistic practice, she is Co-Chair and Professor of Digital Media Arts and Design at Orange Coast College and Visiting Professor of Art and Design at Caltech, directing a new art, design, science and engineering collaboration initiative. Mushkin received a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA from UC Irvine.

Recent Articles
Incendiary Traces: Sketching Simulated Battlefields in Silicon Beach
Incendiary Traces: Sketching Simulated Battlefields in Silicon Beach
Incendiary Traces pays a virtual visit to an Afghani village to make the seemingly remote conflict a bit more comprehensible to those in the U.S.
Incendiary Traces: Artists, Surveillance and Patrol at the Border
Incendiary Traces: Artists, Surveillance and Patrol at the Border
Incendiary Traces visited the Mexico/U.S. Border to view the border from the perspective of U.S. Border Patrol agents.
Incendiary Traces: Investigating the Representation of Battlespaces
Incendiary Traces: Investigating the Representation of Battlespaces
The art project Incendiary Traces embarks on a second series, focusing on the methods Southern California professionals use to visualize international conflict.
Incendiary Traces: Drawing the National Security Landscape
Incendiary Traces: Drawing the National Security Landscape
Incendiary Traces reflects on the project to date -- its origins, its varied forms, and its developing focus through these investigations.
Welcome to Incendiary Traces
Welcome to Incendiary Traces
Incendiary Traces led a recent draw-in at the 29 Palms Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center where participants used drawing as a tool for connecting the Southern California landscape to foreign battle zones.
Tracing the U.S. / Mexico Border Wall
Tracing the U.S. / Mexico Border Wall
Artists, art historians, and students gathered to draw the most southwestern edge of the U.S./Mexico border as part of a continued investigation by Incendiary Traces.
Report on an Incendiary Traces Draw-in at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Headquarters
Report on an Incendiary Traces Draw-in at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Headquarters
Incendiary Traces gathered at Northrop Grumman's Aerospace Headquarters to contemplate looking, drawing, recording, and representing landscape at the home of military "sight."
Drawing with Satellites: Tracing Landscapes With a Mission
Drawing with Satellites: Tracing Landscapes With a Mission
Incendiary Traces considers crisis mapping as another form of visualization that can help us, as ordinary citizens, understand seemingly remote wars.
Report on San Clemente Island Draw-in
Report on San Clemente Island Draw-in
Incendiary Traces ventures out on the sport fishing boat Fury for an unannounced draw-in focused on San Clemente Island Naval Weapons Testing Range.
The Naval Gaze: (Sub)tropical Fantasies and Imperial Pacific Landscapes
The Naval Gaze: (Sub)tropical Fantasies and Imperial Pacific Landscapes
Hillary Mushkin examines early European representations of the Southern California coast.
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