In my drawing practice, I seek physicality and a slimness of means.
Hanging Drawings 1 (20 Successive Drawings, Unique and Unrehearsed) is an installation and video which record a drawing session using a physical line hanging on a combination of fifty pins in the gallery wall. I initiate the drawings and gravity completes the form.
The Floormap series involves a physical drawing of a gallery floor made with plastic landscape cloth. The drawing is rolled up and carried to other locations: a different gallery, the street, and a neighborhood basketball court. In the process, the drawing shifts from flat to not flat.
In Cardboard Actions, a three-channel video, one part of the piece includes a wall drawing with cardboard. In a task-like process, the wall becomes the drawing surface and the flat pieces of cardboard, the medium.
The Poured Tape Drawings series were made in relation to an installation using blue painters tape. The tape was chosen to emulate poured paint. In these drawings, flashe paint is used to emulate the tape which was a stand-in for paint.
The images in the Untitled series on Nepal lokta paper often refer to the fluidity of the poured gesture. At times, the gesture is drawn and at other times the paint itself migrates off the edge of the paper.
In all of these works, I am interested in the presence of the materials and an intimate, expansive experience of drawing.
Artist Bio / CV
Bernard Toale Gallery, Provisional, Boston, MA, 2007
Bernard Toale Gallery, Poured Tape Drawings, Boston, MA, 2007
Bernard Toale Gallery, Cardboard Actions, Boston, MA, 2006
Art Complex Museum, Nancy Murphy Spicer, Duxbury, MA, 2004
Selected Group Exhibitions
VIVID, The Act of Drawing, Birmingham, UK, 2009
Spike Island, For Real, Bristol, UK, 2009
Montserrat College of Art, Many Kinds of Nothing, Beverly, MA, 2008
Mills Gallery, Boston Center for the Arts, 20th Boston Drawing Show, Boston, MA, 2007
Memphis College of Art, Seamless, Memphis, TN, 2004
Tufts University, Tufts First Annual, Medford, MA, 2004
Fitchburg Art Museum, New England/New Talent, Fitchburg, MA, 2004
Mills Gallery, Boston Center for the Arts, 18th Boston Drawing Show, Boston, MA, 2004
Atlanta College of Art Gallery, Flat Not Flat, Atlanta, GA, 2003
Green Street Gallery, Jamaica Plain, MA, 2002
Murphy Spicer's work is low-key and delightful, as if she's showing you a treasure map of a place you thought you already knew.
Cate McQuaid, The Boston Globe, 2007
Somewhere indefinable between painting, sculpture and drawing resides Nancy Murphy Spicer's Drawing Objects. - Shawn Hill, South End News
meganandmurray.com, September 24, 2007
Art Papers, January/February 2005, David Hall
Memphis Commercial Appeal, October 15, 2004, Frederic Koeppel
Boston Globe, July 11, 2004, Cate McQuaid
Boston Globe, February 1, 2004, At 'The Drawing Show,' works literally leap off the page, Cate McQuaid
Art New England, November/December 2003, Regional Reviews, Lauren O’Neal
Art Papers, December 2003, Robin Bernat
Sculpture Magazine, October 2003, Marty Carlock
Boston Globe, December 29, 2002, Best of 2002, Cate McQuaid
Artists Resource Trust, Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, 2006
Somerville Arts Council, Artists Fellowship, Somerville, MA, 2001 and 2005
International Art Critics Association, Second Place in the category of Best Show in an Alternative Space, 2004
School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Diploma Program, Boston, MA, 1986 – 1991
St. Mary’s College, B.F.A., Notre Dame, IN, 1979