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Michelle Marie Murphy
updated: 08/29/2013
website: michellemariemurphy.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Lashes in a Vacuum
Liquid Eyeliner Storm
Eye Shadow Overlap No. 3
the Origin of Pigment
the Responsive Mouth
Viscosity Test
Shadow: Out & Back Again
Foundation to the Square: Chosen (after Albers)
Foundation: with less control
Blushing
 
Portfolio Keywords:  abstract, optical, still life, science, social criticism
 
 
Lashes in a Vacuum by Michelle Marie Murphy
Lashes in a Vacuum
c-print
2012
30" x  31" 
Liquid Eyeliner Storm by Michelle Marie Murphy
Liquid Eyeliner Storm
c-print
2012
20 " x  30 " 
Eye Shadow Overlap No. 3 by Michelle Marie Murphy
Eye Shadow Overlap No. 3
c-print
2011
30" x  34" 
the Origin of Pigment by Michelle Marie Murphy
the Origin of Pigment
c-print
2012
30 " x  30 " 
the Responsive Mouth by Michelle Marie Murphy
the Responsive Mouth
c-print
2011
30" x  40" 
Viscosity Test by Michelle Marie Murphy
Viscosity Test
c-print
2012
30" x  20" 
Shadow: Out & Back Again by Michelle Marie Murphy
Shadow: Out & Back Again
c-print
2011
30" x  30" 
Foundation to the Square: Chosen (after Albers) by Michelle Marie Murphy
Foundation to the Square: Chosen (after Albers)
c-print
2011
34" x  30" 
Foundation: with less control by Michelle Marie Murphy
Foundation: with less control
c-print
2011
38" x  30" 
Blushing by Michelle Marie Murphy
Blushing
c-print
2012
20" x  30" 

Artist Statement

Perceptual Beauty

Working in a contemporary culture where the attainment of beauty is paramount and science strives to engineer the ultimate look, Murphy’s photography and video explore opposing positions in the relationship between consumption and rebellion of these ideals. What contemporary advertising and media culture continue to broadcast as acceptable and expected in female appearance, gives Murphy the material to examine the motivations of the wearer and the observer of beauty treatments and products.

Inspired by Op Art and Third-Wave Feminism, Murphy works to produce slick macro close-ups of the adorned, treated body and beauty "tools". Through her processes of scientific observation and interpretation, she playfully uses beauty products as art materials going against their intended purpose to conceal or accentuate parts of the body.


Beauty in its contemporary context is Murphy's discourse. She  shifts the “gaze” from the female as a subject to over-the-counter beauty maintenance products. Murphy repeats forms and magnifies the subject creating optical plays for the viewer to discern. The resulting images blend perceptual space and our cultural space...showing beauty as both a real and abstract consumable obsession.

Artist Bio / CV
Michelle creates experimental abstraction and conceptual art.

Michelle received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography with a minor in T.I.M.E.(digital arts) from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 2004. Her artwork has been published and exhibited Internationally, including exhibitions in Geneva Switzerland, Chicago, and San Francisco. Michelle is a Professional Photographer at the NASA Glenn Research Center, Faculty at the Cleveland Institute of Art, and co-curator of the art and culture online magazine MAKE8ELIEVE. In 2011 she received honorable mention for the Jen Bekman Gallery (NYC) International photo competition Hey Hot Shot. Michelle has two images available with 20x200.