Artist: Sunny Mullarkey
Love’s in Need of Love Today
How were you contacted to create this piece?
I wanted a creative way to give back to the community of the Village [of West Greenville], so I approached the business owners and building owners for permission to create this mural. I wanted to do something that added some happiness to our community, lifted people’s spirits and gave back some of the joy and beauty I have received while being an artist here.
What is the inspiration for this piece?
I started planning and designing this mural during the beginning stages of the COVID shutdown when so many people were disheartened and nervous, uncertain about what the next day would bring. I wanted to lift people’s spirits.
I’ve been creating a series of print collages that focus on the interaction between color, shape and movement, which have stemmed from my fascination with the overview experience of seeing Midwestern agricultural irrigation systems during a flight to Colorado.
The mural is titled “Love’s in Need of Love Today.” It’s a Stevie Wonder song from his 1976 album “Songs in the Key of Life.” Read the lyrics; they’re so relative then and today.
What type of paint did you use to create the mural?
I used high-quality exterior paint.
How long did it take to create and what was the creation process like?
First, I created a linocut collage in my studio with multiple prints and colors, then translated that into a digital form to edit colors and add the additional rectangular and square shapes. We then projected the image onto the wall overnight and painted during the day over the next five days.
What is your favorite part of the piece and why?
I love the colors. They are bright and vibrant. They just make you want to smile when you see them. I just want to give people a reason to smile for the joy of it.
When was it completed?
June 10, 2020.
Located at Bar Margaret, 1269 Pendleton St., Greenville