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Kellie Murphy
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Gowanus



ARTIST STATEMENT: My current drawings are meditations on time and tide. Repetitive mark making as mindful record keeping: the initial line mimics the top edge of the paper with each additional line attempting to trace or echo the contour of the line above it. The accumulation results in a methodical, quiet yet dense movement.

For this, I have begun making my own paper, custom inks—modifying historical recipes—and quill pens from various bird feathers. The inconsistency of the ink and crudeness of the pen allows for a certain lack of control and imperfection. A fleeting sense of beauty persists as the ink fades, and one is reminded of our ephemeral state of being.

My sculpture, installations and drawings share a wry and poetic language that is inherent in the hybrid and diverse materials with which they are created. This material exploration and my hands-on process are cornerstones to my work. The organic evolution of each piece allows for changes and modifications along the way. My process is labor intensive to the point of meditative: drawing or rendering light with a straight pin, painting tartan plaid with a triple-zero brush or hand stamping a fourteen by fifteen foot field of text into earth one small letter at a time. I believe a particular rhythm or atmosphere is created that extends past the point of actual construction and continues to resonant with the work for the remainder of it’s life. I take my cues from the act of looking. Simple daily observations, that once under scrutiny, compel me to challenge what I know (or thought I knew) about the larger questions to life. These private conversations are my inspiration and it is through my own experiences that I share a means of expression that delicately pushes past the personal to awaken the collective senses.

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  • Horizontal Bars and Stripes
    2014
    ink on paper
    8.5"h x 11"w
    All materials and tools have been made by the artist. Custom blueberry and walnut inks with pheasant quill pen on 100% cotton rag paper.

  • Time lapse (colonial)
    2014
    ink on paper
    6"h x 7"w
    All materials and tools have been made by the artist. Blueberry ink with goose quill pen on 100% cotton rag paper.

  • Horizontal wave
    2014
    ink on paper
    30"h x 22"w
    Custom-made blueberry ink with goose quill pen on Arches Aquarelle.

  • East river, Brooklyn shore
    2014
    ink on paper
    7"h x 10"w
    custom-made blueberry on Arches watercolor block.

  • Time wave
    2014
    ink on paper
    10"h x 8"w
    custom-made blueberry ink with goose quill pen on paper

  • freeze frame
    2014
    ink on paper
    7.5"h x 11"w
    custom-made blueberry ink on paper

  • Untitled

  • Time wave, the slant
    2014
    ink on paper
    11"h x 7.5"w
    custom-made blueberry ink with goose quill pen on paper

  • The Longing
    2014
    ink on paper
    10"h x 8"w
    custom-made blueberry ink on paper

  • Flannel in his pocket, magnified 237x.
    2014
    ink on paper
    11"h x 15"w
    custom-made blueberry and walnut inks on Arches paper
 








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