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Marilyn Murphy

Artist Statement Submitted 2014

Since moving to Nashville in 1980, I continue to be influenced by the rich storytelling traditions of the South. The way I present a narrative in my artwork isn’t always clear allowing the viewer to develop his or her own story around the action. Many of my works comment upon the act of seeing, the creative process or some aspect of human relationships. In Haunted By Tradition, the woman, protected by an asbestos suit, is inundated by silver vessels possibly symbolic of traditional expectations of a woman or elements of the genre of 16th century still life. Maybe it is about art or perhaps it is about personal choices. In all my art, the elements can be read as symbolic or actual. The chiaroscuro lighting from Film Noir as well as the sense of optimism in magazines from the 1940’s and early 1950’s often inspires my work.

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