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Marilyn Murphy
Tennessee

Artist Statement Submitted 2019

Since moving from the Great Plains in 1980, I continue to be influenced by the rich storytelling traditions of the South. Where I live deeply affects my work. The scent of the earth here exudes a mystery to me that I am trying to solve with my own visual language. Not by copying elements of the landscape onto canvas or paper but by delving into time. Many of my works comment upon the act of seeing, the creative process or some aspect of human relationships. More recently oblique references to our current political landscape or the experience of women in our culture often surfaces in my work.

Like a film still, the story must be determined by the viewer. Ephemeral environments such as the wind, fire and clouds have played a role in my work for many years both for their beauty and possible danger.

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